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His Majesty The King’s Cup – 4 March 2017

Rashid Al Mazrooei, Jaafar Hassan and Mansour Al Faresi top the podium after a thrilling race.

His Majesty The King’s Cup, Bahrain International Endurance Village, Zallaq. Saturday 4 March 2017.

His Majesty The King’s Cup, initially scheduled last month, was postponed due to a severe storm and this was the ‘replay’ with three FEI rides: CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ2* 120km and CEI2* 120km.

The weather was still a massive challenge with horrendous rain, which made the track difficult for the competitors.

In the CEI1* 80km we saw Isa Al Hazza (GW Pernaya) leading from the beginning, although he had good company with Almeqdad Janahi (Shakla’s Sudden Impact) and Nasser Al Otaiba (Ainhoa Padjani). But Almeqdad was vetted out after the first loop with irregular gait and the same fate was handed down to Nasser after the second loop.

This meant that the third and final loop was ‘cruising’ for Isa, who stayed out of trouble to claim victory while Ghaith Saqer (RV Ali Kabeer) and Rashed Al Tayer (Damoure Salve) were concentrating on their own race.

They were always side by side, and ran a very similar race with the same speed and same recovery times, crossing the finish line within three seconds of each other, Ghaith ahead of Rashed.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km it was a dominant display from Saeed Al Muhari (Vasco), who was leading throughout the race with six minutes’ lead after the third loop, but got vetted out for irregular gait.

His retirement placed Hamad Al Janahi (Donallagh Annika) in a prime position with Dana Al Doseri (Radjani Cabirat) in second and Saeed Al Shamsi (21 Nik) in third.

Dana, who lost time in the second loop, recovered well in the third and maintained second position, although she dropped her speed a lot in the final loop.

Saeed did a perfect last loop and reduced the gap with Dana, but in the end kept third place.

Hanad displayed incredible speed in the final loop to extend his lead, and crossed the finish line more than twelve minutes before the next contender.

In the CEI2* 120km Raed Mahmood (Godasil Thankorla) emerged as leader at the end of the first loop, but was immediately vetted out for irregular gait.

Rashed Al Mazrooei (Kurrency MI) started the next loop in first position but never got rid of his two closest contenders Jaafar Hassan (Tismael de Vayrols) and Mansour Al Faresi (Oued El Kebir Larzac).

With similar start times for the second loop, Jaafar had a 22-second advantage over Mansour for the third loop, but then on the final loop Mansour left 12 seconds in front of Jaafar. Leader Rashed had a 16-second lead on Mansour, so everything was still to play for.

But Rashed was the only one to manage an average speed of over 31 km/h, crossing the finish line almost a minute and half before Jaafar in second place, who managed to overtake Mansour and create a safe gap, leaving Mansour in third.


Image credit: Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation


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His Majesty The King’s Cup CEI1* 80km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stIsa Al HazzaBRNGW Pernaya
2ndGhaith SaqerUAERV Ali Kabeer
3rdRashid Al TayerUAEDamoure Salvert

His Majesty The King’s Cup CEIYJ2* 120km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stHamad Al JanahiBRNDonallagh Annika
2ndDana Al DoseriBRNRadjani Cabirat
3rdSaeed Al ShamsiUAE21 Nik

His Majesty The King’s Cup CEI2* 120km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stRashed Al MazrooeiUAEKurrency MI
2ndJaafar HassanBRNTismael de Vayrols
3rdMansour Al FaresiUAEOued El Kebir Larzac
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His Majesty The King’s Cup – 4 March 2017

Rashid Al Mazrooei, Jaafar Hassan and Mansour Al Faresi top the podium after a thrilling race.

His Majesty The King’s Cup, Bahrain International Endurance Village, Zallaq. Saturday 4 March 2017.

His Majesty The King’s Cup, initially scheduled last month, was postponed due to a severe storm and this was the ‘replay’ with three FEI rides: CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ2* 120km and CEI2* 120km.

The weather was still a massive challenge with horrendous rain, which made the track difficult for the competitors.

In the CEI1* 80km we saw Isa Al Hazza (GW Pernaya) leading from the beginning, although he had good company with Almeqdad Janahi (Shakla’s Sudden Impact) and Nasser Al Otaiba (Ainhoa Padjani). But Almeqdad was vetted out after the first loop with irregular gait and the same fate was handed down to Nasser after the second loop.

This meant that the third and final loop was ‘cruising’ for Isa, who stayed out of trouble to claim victory while Ghaith Saqer (RV Ali Kabeer) and Rashed Al Tayer (Damoure Salve) were concentrating on their own race.

They were always side by side, and ran a very similar race with the same speed and same recovery times, crossing the finish line within three seconds of each other, Ghaith ahead of Rashed.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km it was a dominant display from Saeed Al Muhari (Vasco), who was leading throughout the race with six minutes’ lead after the third loop, but got vetted out for irregular gait.

His retirement placed Hamad Al Janahi (Donallagh Annika) in a prime position with Dana Al Doseri (Radjani Cabirat) in second and Saeed Al Shamsi (21 Nik) in third.

Dana, who lost time in the second loop, recovered well in the third and maintained second position, although she dropped her speed a lot in the final loop.

Saeed did a perfect last loop and reduced the gap with Dana, but in the end kept third place.

Hanad displayed incredible speed in the final loop to extend his lead, and crossed the finish line more than twelve minutes before the next contender.

In the CEI2* 120km Raed Mahmood (Godasil Thankorla) emerged as leader at the end of the first loop, but was immediately vetted out for irregular gait.

Rashed Al Mazrooei (Kurrency MI) started the next loop in first position but never got rid of his two closest contenders Jaafar Hassan (Tismael de Vayrols) and Mansour Al Faresi (Oued El Kebir Larzac).

With similar start times for the second loop, Jaafar had a 22-second advantage over Mansour for the third loop, but then on the final loop Mansour left 12 seconds in front of Jaafar. Leader Rashed had a 16-second lead on Mansour, so everything was still to play for.

But Rashed was the only one to manage an average speed of over 31 km/h, crossing the finish line almost a minute and half before Jaafar in second place, who managed to overtake Mansour and create a safe gap, leaving Mansour in third.


Image credit: Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation


Gallery


His Majesty The King’s Cup CEI1* 80km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stIsa Al HazzaBRNGW Pernaya
2ndGhaith SaqerUAERV Ali Kabeer
3rdRashid Al TayerUAEDamoure Salvert

His Majesty The King’s Cup CEIYJ2* 120km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stHamad Al JanahiBRNDonallagh Annika
2ndDana Al DoseriBRNRadjani Cabirat
3rdSaeed Al ShamsiUAE21 Nik

His Majesty The King’s Cup CEI2* 120km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stRashed Al MazrooeiUAEKurrency MI
2ndJaafar HassanBRNTismael de Vayrols
3rdMansour Al FaresiUAEOued El Kebir Larzac
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