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Record entries at HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December 2017. More than 800 combinations took part in the first week of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival.

For a lot of riders from the UAE and abroad, the HH Sh. Mohmmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup – CEI3* 160km, scheduled on Saturday 6 January, is the highlight of the season.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner of private stables.Traditionally the build up to this race are a series of races and for this season nothing different besides the fact that the lead up with three races were held the week ahead of the main event.

First part of the trilogy was the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival – Ride for Private Stables CEN 100km, scheduled on Thursday 28 December.
More than 400 combinations took start in this race which was divided into three loops of 40, 40 and 20km.
The Private Stables race is traditionally very intense in the region and the weather played havoc to put an extra challenge on the competitors. The original start scheduled for 07:00 am got delayed, due to extreme foggy conditions and hardly any visibility.  After a long wait the competition finally began at 09:00 am.

Leader after the first loop was Srikanth Subramaniyam – SRI (Moondarra Maher) who was able to keep his good form and finish in third position.

Quick recovery times and trying to avoid penalties at the vet gate were determining the start order of the final loop with the top five within one minute.
First to start was Rashed Al Bloushi – UAE (Omani Quandara) but his lead on second placed Ghaith Saqer – UAE (Al Adham) were a mere seven seconds.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Chasing pack.Soon the leaders were reunited in a group and it was Ghaith Saqer who crossed the line first with a 25-second lead on stable mate Saeed Al Mehairi – UAE (Esraar) who made it a one-two for S.S. Stables.

Srikanth Subramaniyam was able to keep the good form he displayed in the first loop to claim the final podium spot.

Comments from the winning stable, S.S. Stables: “I am sure we are not the only one with this feeling but it was one of the most difficult races we ever did with the delayed start which added pressure, and this combined with the deep sand, speed and humidity. We knew the horse was good considering he also won with Ghaith last month. On top of that we claimed second place with Saeed a position he won with the same horse in the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride.”

Second race on the programme was on Friday 29 December with the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival – Ride for Ladies again over 100km in the same loops as the previous day.
People can argue that a 100km race is too short to see real champions racing but for sure it is a distance that suits certain types of horses and it delivers good quality racing.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner ladies race.Just below 200 starters shows how many lady riders have potential and confirms the importance of these kind of races. Some flew in from abroad, but it were the UAE based riders who occupied the podium.
On the same track speeds were higher than that of the previous day for the Private Stables.

Leader after the first loop Afra Al Suwaidi – UAE (Escandalo) maintained good performance during the day but dropped outside the top ten at the final standings.

Aya Ali – UAE (Flaming Ivory) was in 17th position after the first loop but started as the leader for the final loop with three pursuers one minute behind her. In fourth position to start the final 20km was Kamila Kart – POL (Razorback Mechano).

As usual the leaders regrouped very quick and it was Kamila Kart who attacked the final stretch in the lead and maintained the momentum till the end.
Second place was for Afra Al Suwaidi,  whose horse got second place earlier in the year in the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Ride.

Naroa Ibanez – ESP (Carawan) claimed the third place which she was occupying the whole day.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Following.Winner Kamila: “My horse is so wonderful, I won with him the last Ladies Race in the previous season in Al Wathba and he also claimed first place in Euston Park this summer. I had a good feeling at the start of the last loop, this horse likes to run and we work very well together. A win never comes easy but this felt good in these last kilometres.”

The third race (120 km) of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival was for Mares with 200 entries, divided into four loops of 40, 35, 27 and 18km.
Just like in the other two races, stables did not hesitate to bring their best horses for the reason that winning one of these races is a great achievement.

We saw a lot of changes in the leading group,  especially in the first two loops where top combinations were eliminated or retired by the rider.

Leading the start of the final loop was Rashed Al Junaibi – UAE (EO Raghd). One minute after him was Salim Al Owais – UAE (Alhaja De Kerpont) with a young mare.  In the next two minutes three more contenders were trying to put up a challenge.

Rashed Al Jabaibi and his mare withstood the pressure and managed to cross the finish line first with a safe lead.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner of Mares.In second place came Fatma Al Marri – UAE (Jericho Francis) who left more than three minutes behind the leader in fifth position.  Her stable mentioned: “Yes, this feels good and we’re very proud of what we achieved. These races are very competitive and taking second place is very rewarding.”

Third place was for Milena Mendez – ARG (Flor Del Caribe)  was very consistent throughout the day.

The winning Al Wathba Stables quoted : “This feels so good. We knew we could do this, but the opposition was so strong and obviously at the start of the final loop you made all kinds of scenarios but in the end you can only concentrate on your own race. We managed to keep first place although we felt the whole day an enormous pressure from our competitors.”

On Saturday 6 January 2018 we will see the highlight of this prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival with a CEI3* 160km. The Festival highlights the commitment and drive of Sheikh Mohammed towards the sport of endurance. Riders from abroad are invited in recognition of their sporting success during the 2017 season.


 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Ride for Private Stables. CEN 100km. 28.12.2017
1stGhaith SaqerUAEAl AdhamS.S. Stables
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEEsraarS.S. Stables
3rdSrikanth SubramaniyamSRIMoondarra MaherZabeel Stables
Ride for Ladies. CEN 100km. 29.12.2017
1stKamila KartPOLRazorback MechanoMRM Stables
2ndAya AliUAEFlaming IvoryF3 Stables
3rdNaroa IbanezESPCarawanM7 Stables
Ride for Mares. CEN 120km. 30.12.2017
1stRashed Al JunaibiUAEEO RaghdAl Wathba Stables
2ndFatma Al MarriUAEJericho FrancisDubawi Stables
3rdMilena MendezARGFlor Del CaribeAl Reef Ajban Stables

Record entries at HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December 2017. More than 800 combinations took part in the first week of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival.

For a lot of riders from the UAE and abroad, the HH Sh. Mohmmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup – CEI3* 160km, scheduled on Saturday 6 January, is the highlight of the season.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner of private stables.Traditionally the build up to this race are a series of races and for this season nothing different besides the fact that the lead up with three races were held the week ahead of the main event.

First part of the trilogy was the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival – Ride for Private Stables CEN 100km, scheduled on Thursday 28 December.
More than 400 combinations took start in this race which was divided into three loops of 40, 40 and 20km.
The Private Stables race is traditionally very intense in the region and the weather played havoc to put an extra challenge on the competitors. The original start scheduled for 07:00 am got delayed, due to extreme foggy conditions and hardly any visibility.  After a long wait the competition finally began at 09:00 am.

Leader after the first loop was Srikanth Subramaniyam – SRI (Moondarra Maher) who was able to keep his good form and finish in third position.

Quick recovery times and trying to avoid penalties at the vet gate were determining the start order of the final loop with the top five within one minute.
First to start was Rashed Al Bloushi – UAE (Omani Quandara) but his lead on second placed Ghaith Saqer – UAE (Al Adham) were a mere seven seconds.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Chasing pack.Soon the leaders were reunited in a group and it was Ghaith Saqer who crossed the line first with a 25-second lead on stable mate Saeed Al Mehairi – UAE (Esraar) who made it a one-two for S.S. Stables.

Srikanth Subramaniyam was able to keep the good form he displayed in the first loop to claim the final podium spot.

Comments from the winning stable, S.S. Stables: “I am sure we are not the only one with this feeling but it was one of the most difficult races we ever did with the delayed start which added pressure, and this combined with the deep sand, speed and humidity. We knew the horse was good considering he also won with Ghaith last month. On top of that we claimed second place with Saeed a position he won with the same horse in the Commemoration Day Endurance Ride.”

Second race on the programme was on Friday 29 December with the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival – Ride for Ladies again over 100km in the same loops as the previous day.
People can argue that a 100km race is too short to see real champions racing but for sure it is a distance that suits certain types of horses and it delivers good quality racing.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner ladies race.Just below 200 starters shows how many lady riders have potential and confirms the importance of these kind of races. Some flew in from abroad, but it were the UAE based riders who occupied the podium.
On the same track speeds were higher than that of the previous day for the Private Stables.

Leader after the first loop Afra Al Suwaidi – UAE (Escandalo) maintained good performance during the day but dropped outside the top ten at the final standings.

Aya Ali – UAE (Flaming Ivory) was in 17th position after the first loop but started as the leader for the final loop with three pursuers one minute behind her. In fourth position to start the final 20km was Kamila Kart – POL (Razorback Mechano).

As usual the leaders regrouped very quick and it was Kamila Kart who attacked the final stretch in the lead and maintained the momentum till the end.
Second place was for Afra Al Suwaidi,  whose horse got second place earlier in the year in the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Ride.

Naroa Ibanez – ESP (Carawan) claimed the third place which she was occupying the whole day.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Following.Winner Kamila: “My horse is so wonderful, I won with him the last Ladies Race in the previous season in Al Wathba and he also claimed first place in Euston Park this summer. I had a good feeling at the start of the last loop, this horse likes to run and we work very well together. A win never comes easy but this felt good in these last kilometres.”

The third race (120 km) of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival was for Mares with 200 entries, divided into four loops of 40, 35, 27 and 18km.
Just like in the other two races, stables did not hesitate to bring their best horses for the reason that winning one of these races is a great achievement.

We saw a lot of changes in the leading group,  especially in the first two loops where top combinations were eliminated or retired by the rider.

Leading the start of the final loop was Rashed Al Junaibi – UAE (EO Raghd). One minute after him was Salim Al Owais – UAE (Alhaja De Kerpont) with a young mare.  In the next two minutes three more contenders were trying to put up a challenge.

Rashed Al Jabaibi and his mare withstood the pressure and managed to cross the finish line first with a safe lead.

Endurance World Al Maktoum Festival. Winner of Mares.In second place came Fatma Al Marri – UAE (Jericho Francis) who left more than three minutes behind the leader in fifth position.  Her stable mentioned: “Yes, this feels good and we’re very proud of what we achieved. These races are very competitive and taking second place is very rewarding.”

Third place was for Milena Mendez – ARG (Flor Del Caribe)  was very consistent throughout the day.

The winning Al Wathba Stables quoted : “This feels so good. We knew we could do this, but the opposition was so strong and obviously at the start of the final loop you made all kinds of scenarios but in the end you can only concentrate on your own race. We managed to keep first place although we felt the whole day an enormous pressure from our competitors.”

On Saturday 6 January 2018 we will see the highlight of this prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival with a CEI3* 160km. The Festival highlights the commitment and drive of Sheikh Mohammed towards the sport of endurance. Riders from abroad are invited in recognition of their sporting success during the 2017 season.


 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Ride for Private Stables. CEN 100km. 28.12.2017
1stGhaith SaqerUAEAl AdhamS.S. Stables
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEEsraarS.S. Stables
3rdSrikanth SubramaniyamSRIMoondarra MaherZabeel Stables
Ride for Ladies. CEN 100km. 29.12.2017
1stKamila KartPOLRazorback MechanoMRM Stables
2ndAya AliUAEFlaming IvoryF3 Stables
3rdNaroa IbanezESPCarawanM7 Stables
Ride for Mares. CEN 120km. 30.12.2017
1stRashed Al JunaibiUAEEO RaghdAl Wathba Stables
2ndFatma Al MarriUAEJericho FrancisDubawi Stables
3rdMilena MendezARGFlor Del CaribeAl Reef Ajban Stables
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