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Gaith Rubaya from start to finish in the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Wednesday 29 November 2017.  The Commemoration Day Endurance Ride saw an intense battle with varied combinations fighting for glory.


It was a CEN 100km for private stables divided into three loops (40, 40 and 20km) attracting over 300 entrants.  We are so used to this kind of big start lists in the UAE that people take it for granted what a strong organisation is needed to let the day pass by without any issues.

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Third placedIt is impossible to hide the feeling that with every race speeds seem to increase, and in this Commemoration Day Endurance Ride it was exactly the same.  On a special occasion like this, the strong existing sense to honour the nation, was a decision maker to bring very competitive horses.  A feat with consequences for the less prepared, less experienced stables, combined with hot weather proved to be a challenge.

First rider to come in after the first loop was Mohammed Al Ameemi – UAE (Heathfields Fire) but due to a longer recovery time he lost connection to the leaders and finished the race in 21st position.

Leader after the first hour was Gaith Rubaya – UAE (Al Adham) and he managed to keep this position till the end of the race.

Interesting was the fifteen position of Rashed Al Bloushi – UAE (Omani Quandary) ; usually we see this horse making a big lead from the start and having difficulties to keep up the pace till the end of the final loop. Maybe the new tactic would prove a better choice.

Even further down the line was Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Raahya) who fell victim of a long recovery time which placed him in 29th position.

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Riding in a group.In the second loop we saw the same speeds resulting in a shake up in the standings as some trainers took the risk bringing in the horses too soon which resulted in penalties.

Whatever happened, Gaith Rubaya stayed in first position with less than 30 second behind him stable mate Saeed Al Mehairi – UAE (Esraar). In third place to start the final loop was Rashed Al Boushi. From fourth onwards the gap of over four minutes seemed to be too big to create danger for the leaders.

The title for the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride was up for grabs between the two leaders with third placed Rashed Al Boushi ready to make the best of any opportunity whatever could come to him.

The comments before the final loop of S. S. Stables: “Both horses are very good which they proved in the past by winning races and/or finishing high on the podium.  It is always difficult to predict but it would be a dream finish if they could cross the line together.”

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Top ten place.Third placed Al Jaber Stables were carefully positive: “We had a good race till now with very good recovery times, especially after the second loop. Maybe we can catch the leaders but they have strong horses, so we will see what happens.”

The third loop under a baking sun did not cause too many surprises for the top three runners. Ghaith Rubaya and Saeed Al Mohair did not show any intention to drop the speed and stayed together to claim the well-deserved top two places.
Rashed Al Bloushi was equally happy to finish off a good day with the third place.

Maybe more exiting was the fight for fourth place which went to Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Raahya) who started the final loop in eleventh position.

Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Hannad) crossed the line in fifth position making it a good day for S. S. Stables.


Commemoration Day Endurance Ride Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. 2017-11-29. CEN 100km
1stGaith RubayaUAEAl AdhamS. S. Stables
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEEsraarS. S. Stables
3rdRashed Al BloushiUAEOmani QuandaraAl Jaber Stables

Gaith Rubaya from start to finish in the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Wednesday 29 November 2017.  The Commemoration Day Endurance Ride saw an intense battle with varied combinations fighting for glory.


It was a CEN 100km for private stables divided into three loops (40, 40 and 20km) attracting over 300 entrants.  We are so used to this kind of big start lists in the UAE that people take it for granted what a strong organisation is needed to let the day pass by without any issues.

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Third placedIt is impossible to hide the feeling that with every race speeds seem to increase, and in this Commemoration Day Endurance Ride it was exactly the same.  On a special occasion like this, the strong existing sense to honour the nation, was a decision maker to bring very competitive horses.  A feat with consequences for the less prepared, less experienced stables, combined with hot weather proved to be a challenge.

First rider to come in after the first loop was Mohammed Al Ameemi – UAE (Heathfields Fire) but due to a longer recovery time he lost connection to the leaders and finished the race in 21st position.

Leader after the first hour was Gaith Rubaya – UAE (Al Adham) and he managed to keep this position till the end of the race.

Interesting was the fifteen position of Rashed Al Bloushi – UAE (Omani Quandary) ; usually we see this horse making a big lead from the start and having difficulties to keep up the pace till the end of the final loop. Maybe the new tactic would prove a better choice.

Even further down the line was Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Raahya) who fell victim of a long recovery time which placed him in 29th position.

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Riding in a group.In the second loop we saw the same speeds resulting in a shake up in the standings as some trainers took the risk bringing in the horses too soon which resulted in penalties.

Whatever happened, Gaith Rubaya stayed in first position with less than 30 second behind him stable mate Saeed Al Mehairi – UAE (Esraar). In third place to start the final loop was Rashed Al Boushi. From fourth onwards the gap of over four minutes seemed to be too big to create danger for the leaders.

The title for the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride was up for grabs between the two leaders with third placed Rashed Al Boushi ready to make the best of any opportunity whatever could come to him.

The comments before the final loop of S. S. Stables: “Both horses are very good which they proved in the past by winning races and/or finishing high on the podium.  It is always difficult to predict but it would be a dream finish if they could cross the line together.”

Endurance World Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. Top ten place.Third placed Al Jaber Stables were carefully positive: “We had a good race till now with very good recovery times, especially after the second loop. Maybe we can catch the leaders but they have strong horses, so we will see what happens.”

The third loop under a baking sun did not cause too many surprises for the top three runners. Ghaith Rubaya and Saeed Al Mohair did not show any intention to drop the speed and stayed together to claim the well-deserved top two places.
Rashed Al Bloushi was equally happy to finish off a good day with the third place.

Maybe more exiting was the fight for fourth place which went to Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Raahya) who started the final loop in eleventh position.

Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Hannad) crossed the line in fifth position making it a good day for S. S. Stables.


Commemoration Day Endurance Ride Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Commemoration Day Endurance Ride. 2017-11-29. CEN 100km
1stGaith RubayaUAEAl AdhamS. S. Stables
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEEsraarS. S. Stables
3rdRashed Al BloushiUAEOmani QuandaraAl Jaber Stables
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