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Gamilati Endurance Cup – 23 February 2017

Hamdan Al Marri and Zabeel Stables against the rest

Gamilati Endurance Cup CEN 119km for mares, Dubai International Endurance City, Dubai, UAE. 23 February 2017.

This CEN 119km, for mares only, featured four loops of 39, 32, 30 and 18 km.

With 122 starters, this race was considered among many as an important training tool for the larger races towards the end of the season.

Gamilati Endurance Cup Having said that, after the first loop the differences in the top ten were minimal, so it promised to be an open race with nobody taking a particularly dominant stance.

However, it seemed that Hamdan Al Marri (Raya) had other ideas, trying to take control of the race in the second loop, and it was in his wake that a big group of contenders was formed.

He started the last loop with a seven-minute lead, but the stable tried to stay focused and realistic about its chances, noting: “We know it’s a good mare, and in the past we’ve had a few top ten places. She improved a lot this year, but it’s difficult to predict how this will turn out.”

Gamilati Endurance CupIn fact, it turned out well, because the pursuers didn’t pose a challenge, and Hamdan crossed the line with a comfortable lead. He commented: “This morning we felt that this could be a good race. We know this is a good mare and we didn’t want to make her nervous and that’s why we put her in the front so early. Like this it was easier for her. You think it looked easy? Well, it was still a hard race!”

For the last loop, the second and tenth riders were only one minute apart so it was truly open season for the podium. A big challenge lay ahead, with a group of six horses forming quickly and thinning out around the halfway point.

The second place was Naroa Ibanez’s (Shagaf), finishing with a strong sprint to cross the line together with stablemate Salem Al Kitbi (Al Teheebah). Salem picked up his second consecutive podium after placing third in yesterday’s private stables event.

Khalaf Al Ghaith (Jenah des Vergnes) decided to use a different tactic. His philosophy before the last loop was: “I didn’t push until now and if the top group decide to go, I’ll let them go. I decided to do my own race.”

Khalaf started the final loop in fifth position, and was rewarded for his efforts at the finish with fourth place.


Gamilati Endurance Cup Results CEN 119km

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stHamdan Al MarriUAERayaZabeel Stables
2ndNaroa IbanezESPShagafM7 Endurance Stables
3rdSalem Al KitbiUAEAl TeheebahM7 Endurance Stables
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Gamilati Endurance Cup – 23 February 2017

Hamdan Al Marri and Zabeel Stables against the rest

Gamilati Endurance Cup CEN 119km for mares, Dubai International Endurance City, Dubai, UAE. 23 February 2017.

This CEN 119km, for mares only, featured four loops of 39, 32, 30 and 18 km.

With 122 starters, this race was considered among many as an important training tool for the larger races towards the end of the season.

Gamilati Endurance Cup Having said that, after the first loop the differences in the top ten were minimal, so it promised to be an open race with nobody taking a particularly dominant stance.

However, it seemed that Hamdan Al Marri (Raya) had other ideas, trying to take control of the race in the second loop, and it was in his wake that a big group of contenders was formed.

He started the last loop with a seven-minute lead, but the stable tried to stay focused and realistic about its chances, noting: “We know it’s a good mare, and in the past we’ve had a few top ten places. She improved a lot this year, but it’s difficult to predict how this will turn out.”

Gamilati Endurance CupIn fact, it turned out well, because the pursuers didn’t pose a challenge, and Hamdan crossed the line with a comfortable lead. He commented: “This morning we felt that this could be a good race. We know this is a good mare and we didn’t want to make her nervous and that’s why we put her in the front so early. Like this it was easier for her. You think it looked easy? Well, it was still a hard race!”

For the last loop, the second and tenth riders were only one minute apart so it was truly open season for the podium. A big challenge lay ahead, with a group of six horses forming quickly and thinning out around the halfway point.

The second place was Naroa Ibanez’s (Shagaf), finishing with a strong sprint to cross the line together with stablemate Salem Al Kitbi (Al Teheebah). Salem picked up his second consecutive podium after placing third in yesterday’s private stables event.

Khalaf Al Ghaith (Jenah des Vergnes) decided to use a different tactic. His philosophy before the last loop was: “I didn’t push until now and if the top group decide to go, I’ll let them go. I decided to do my own race.”

Khalaf started the final loop in fifth position, and was rewarded for his efforts at the finish with fourth place.


Gamilati Endurance Cup Results CEN 119km

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stHamdan Al MarriUAERayaZabeel Stables
2ndNaroa IbanezESPShagafM7 Endurance Stables
3rdSalem Al KitbiUAEAl TeheebahM7 Endurance Stables
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