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Rashed Al Junaibi master in Emirates Championship race

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 3 February 2018.
Last Thursday there was a CEI2* 120km in Dubai, but since it was a qualifier race with staggered start there was no real competition as most participants considered it as a qualifier or an extended training. But not in this Emirates Championship race.

Thus, as usual, all main players were present in Al Wathba for the CEI2* 120km, which was divided over four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km.

Leading for two loops was Ellen McAuly – IRL (Ulrich Roctaillade) however after the third loop the horse was vetted out because of irregular gait.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Podium place.She had always Rashed Al Junaibi – UAE (Sarab) in her company and he became the new leader with two loops to go.

Nothing changed in the third loop although one contender dropped out after the mandatory recheck; Hamed Dalmook – UAE (Raood) with irregular gait, a horse with potential considering the races he won in the past.

Before the start of the final loop a quick evaluation learned that almost everybody was convinced Rashed Al Junaibi would be the man to beat.

“For us it looks like his horse Sarab is the best out there in this Emirates Championship and if everything goes well whoever comes first would have to be in a strong position” was the summary of the comments.

Sarab got victory in November last year in the hands of Mira Al Ansaari in a private ladies race.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Full attack.Whatever the ambitions were for the contenders in the final loop it became very quick apparent that there was no real treat for Rashed Al Junaibi and he conquered relatively easy with a two-minute lead on second placed Ghaith Saqer – UAE (Deemah).

Jonatan Rivera – URU (Canillita) left for the final 20km in second place but would have to contend himself with the eighth position. “We tried all we could but couldn’t maintain the good form so yes, eighth was best we could do.” Were the comments from his stable.

Leaving in third place was Maha Khalid – MAR (Pelann) and she was for a long time in a fight for the podium however with a few kilometres to go she had to let her competitors go and settle for fourth place.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Top five.As mentioned earlier it was Ghaith Saqer who took silver leaving the final loop in fifth position and picking up the front runners one by one and hoping to catch the leader.
“Second is good, and we are very pleased. We had a good start in the last loop and were going well but Rashed and his horse were too powerful today.”

The fight for second place was for sure more exciting as the leader was never under threat and with Ghaith Al Saqer making a breakaway with the finish in sight it was third place for Hamad Al Kaabi – UAE (Gheerulla Lamborghini).

“This was the best for us today, but I think we saw a very nice and very competitive race which always pleases us” commented MRM Stable.

Yet the big joy was for Al Wathba Stables who are showing good form for the last couple of races. “True that the last weeks all is going well, and we saw some nice victories. The horse was very good and maybe the best one out there today, but this is a team sport, so we have to dedicate this victory to everybody who made this possible.” were their comments.


Emirates Championship Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Emirates Championship Race. 03-02-2018. CEI2* 120km
1stRashed Al JunaibiUAESarabAl Wathba Stables
2ndGhaith SaqerUAEDeemahM7 2 Endurance Stables
3rdHamad Al KaabiUAEGheerulla LamborghiniMRM Stables

Rashed Al Junaibi master in Emirates Championship race

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 3 February 2018.
Last Thursday there was a CEI2* 120km in Dubai, but since it was a qualifier race with staggered start there was no real competition as most participants considered it as a qualifier or an extended training. But not in this Emirates Championship race.

Thus, as usual, all main players were present in Al Wathba for the CEI2* 120km, which was divided over four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km.

Leading for two loops was Ellen McAuly – IRL (Ulrich Roctaillade) however after the third loop the horse was vetted out because of irregular gait.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Podium place.She had always Rashed Al Junaibi – UAE (Sarab) in her company and he became the new leader with two loops to go.

Nothing changed in the third loop although one contender dropped out after the mandatory recheck; Hamed Dalmook – UAE (Raood) with irregular gait, a horse with potential considering the races he won in the past.

Before the start of the final loop a quick evaluation learned that almost everybody was convinced Rashed Al Junaibi would be the man to beat.

“For us it looks like his horse Sarab is the best out there in this Emirates Championship and if everything goes well whoever comes first would have to be in a strong position” was the summary of the comments.

Sarab got victory in November last year in the hands of Mira Al Ansaari in a private ladies race.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Full attack.Whatever the ambitions were for the contenders in the final loop it became very quick apparent that there was no real treat for Rashed Al Junaibi and he conquered relatively easy with a two-minute lead on second placed Ghaith Saqer – UAE (Deemah).

Jonatan Rivera – URU (Canillita) left for the final 20km in second place but would have to contend himself with the eighth position. “We tried all we could but couldn’t maintain the good form so yes, eighth was best we could do.” Were the comments from his stable.

Leaving in third place was Maha Khalid – MAR (Pelann) and she was for a long time in a fight for the podium however with a few kilometres to go she had to let her competitors go and settle for fourth place.

Endurance World Emirates Championship. Top five.As mentioned earlier it was Ghaith Saqer who took silver leaving the final loop in fifth position and picking up the front runners one by one and hoping to catch the leader.
“Second is good, and we are very pleased. We had a good start in the last loop and were going well but Rashed and his horse were too powerful today.”

The fight for second place was for sure more exciting as the leader was never under threat and with Ghaith Al Saqer making a breakaway with the finish in sight it was third place for Hamad Al Kaabi – UAE (Gheerulla Lamborghini).

“This was the best for us today, but I think we saw a very nice and very competitive race which always pleases us” commented MRM Stable.

Yet the big joy was for Al Wathba Stables who are showing good form for the last couple of races. “True that the last weeks all is going well, and we saw some nice victories. The horse was very good and maybe the best one out there today, but this is a team sport, so we have to dedicate this victory to everybody who made this possible.” were their comments.


Emirates Championship Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Emirates Championship Race. 03-02-2018. CEI2* 120km
1stRashed Al JunaibiUAESarabAl Wathba Stables
2ndGhaith SaqerUAEDeemahM7 2 Endurance Stables
3rdHamad Al KaabiUAEGheerulla LamborghiniMRM Stables
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