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Powerful Ahmad Al Shehhi in Al Wathba Cup for Private Owners

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 28 October 2017. The UAE season just started and yesterday was the Al Wathba Cup; second race on the calendar for private stables.


The first private stables race of the season, last weekend in Dubai (Al Wasl Endurance Cup), was won by Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE and yesterday it was Ahmad Al Shehhi – UAE who took top honours.
Main story is that both riders from Al Kamda Endurance Stables owned by Saeed Al Kamda – UAE, himself also a very successful endurance rider.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. The winner.“You could say yes that we had an amazing start of this season” were the simple comments after the intense race.

Just above 60 combinations entered the race, however the main contenders were quick to point out that maybe there wasn’t too much quantity but for sure the quality was there.

The 100km were divided into four loops of 40, 25, 19 and 16km. Some found it too many loops for such a distance but in general the riders with very good horses preferred it this way.

First rider to come in at the opening loop was Humaid Al Balooshi – UAE (Athos de Lilach) unfortunately the speed proved to be too demanding and the horse didn’t pass the vet check, metabolic.

Leader after the first loop was Ahmad Al Shehhi – UAE (Daijor) with the other main competitors all following closely.

The top three didn’t change after the second loop but we saw a big jump in the classification coming from ninth to fourth for Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Aneeda) who recovered well from a too lengthy vet check after the first loop.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. Three and four.Second place was still occupied by Ahmed Al Jaber – UAE (Omani Quandara) and third by Mohammed Alkhyeli – UAE (HM Tandil).

The temperatures were rising, and the third loop was costly for Ahmed Al Jaber who before halfway decided to stop his chase for the leader board and withdrew the horse.

Mohammed Alkhyeli horse dropped out with irregular gait before the fourth loop.

Leila Al Marzooqi, winner of the previous race, was working her way through the field ready to tackle the final loop in second position however her horse did not pass the vet check because of irregular gait.

Although Salem Al Kitbi was suffering some unfortunate recovering times he was holding the second position, but question was if he could put up a challenge starting more than seven minutes behind the leader.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. The podium.The competitive field in the Al Wathba Cup was suffering of the weather and it seemed only a few horses could cope the heat well.

Ahmed Al Shehhi had nothing to fear as it was clearly his day and even extended his lead in the final kilometres.

His comments after the finish: “Yes, I’m very happy and also for the stable. Everybody worked very well together. I didn’t have to push in the last loop because we had a good lead. To be honest I didn’t like this horse so much which I rode two times coming third (in Al Wathba) and fourth (in Dubai). That changed of course after this victory.”

Salem Al Kitbi could keep his second place, a reward after a very hard day.

He was only in twentieth position after the first loop but little by little and almost unnoticed Jonatan Rivera – URU (SM Midnight Boy) climbed through the standings and ultimately claimed the final podium place.

Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club


Al Wathba Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Wathba Cup for Private Owners. CEN 100km.
1stAhmad Al ShehhiUAEDaijorAl Kamda Endurance Stables
2ndSalem Al KitbiUAEAneedaSS Private Stables
3rdJonatan RiveraURUSM Midnight BoyAl Ain Endurance Stables

 

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Powerful Ahmad Al Shehhi in Al Wathba Cup for Private Owners

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 28 October 2017. The UAE season just started and yesterday was the Al Wathba Cup; second race on the calendar for private stables.


The first private stables race of the season, last weekend in Dubai (Al Wasl Endurance Cup), was won by Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE and yesterday it was Ahmad Al Shehhi – UAE who took top honours.
Main story is that both riders from Al Kamda Endurance Stables owned by Saeed Al Kamda – UAE, himself also a very successful endurance rider.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. The winner.“You could say yes that we had an amazing start of this season” were the simple comments after the intense race.

Just above 60 combinations entered the race, however the main contenders were quick to point out that maybe there wasn’t too much quantity but for sure the quality was there.

The 100km were divided into four loops of 40, 25, 19 and 16km. Some found it too many loops for such a distance but in general the riders with very good horses preferred it this way.

First rider to come in at the opening loop was Humaid Al Balooshi – UAE (Athos de Lilach) unfortunately the speed proved to be too demanding and the horse didn’t pass the vet check, metabolic.

Leader after the first loop was Ahmad Al Shehhi – UAE (Daijor) with the other main competitors all following closely.

The top three didn’t change after the second loop but we saw a big jump in the classification coming from ninth to fourth for Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Aneeda) who recovered well from a too lengthy vet check after the first loop.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. Three and four.Second place was still occupied by Ahmed Al Jaber – UAE (Omani Quandara) and third by Mohammed Alkhyeli – UAE (HM Tandil).

The temperatures were rising, and the third loop was costly for Ahmed Al Jaber who before halfway decided to stop his chase for the leader board and withdrew the horse.

Mohammed Alkhyeli horse dropped out with irregular gait before the fourth loop.

Leila Al Marzooqi, winner of the previous race, was working her way through the field ready to tackle the final loop in second position however her horse did not pass the vet check because of irregular gait.

Although Salem Al Kitbi was suffering some unfortunate recovering times he was holding the second position, but question was if he could put up a challenge starting more than seven minutes behind the leader.

Endurance World Al Wathba Cup. The podium.The competitive field in the Al Wathba Cup was suffering of the weather and it seemed only a few horses could cope the heat well.

Ahmed Al Shehhi had nothing to fear as it was clearly his day and even extended his lead in the final kilometres.

His comments after the finish: “Yes, I’m very happy and also for the stable. Everybody worked very well together. I didn’t have to push in the last loop because we had a good lead. To be honest I didn’t like this horse so much which I rode two times coming third (in Al Wathba) and fourth (in Dubai). That changed of course after this victory.”

Salem Al Kitbi could keep his second place, a reward after a very hard day.

He was only in twentieth position after the first loop but little by little and almost unnoticed Jonatan Rivera – URU (SM Midnight Boy) climbed through the standings and ultimately claimed the final podium place.

Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club


Al Wathba Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Wathba Cup for Private Owners. CEN 100km.
1stAhmad Al ShehhiUAEDaijorAl Kamda Endurance Stables
2ndSalem Al KitbiUAEAneedaSS Private Stables
3rdJonatan RiveraURUSM Midnight BoyAl Ain Endurance Stables

 

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