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Emirates Championship – 4 February 2017

Rashid Al Baloushi and Emaar Endurance Stables claim a convincing victory.

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 4 February 2017.

On the programme was a CEN 120km race, and unusually for the UAE, the number of entries was not so high with only 68. Not all stables entered horses, likely due to the very demanding calendar as we move into the second part of the season, plus the all-important President’s Cup coming up. Also unusual for the UAE was the weather, with temperature and wind reflecting European standards.

Emirates ChampionshipThat didn’t stop the fierce fight for the top places, although Saeed Al Baloushi (Bucanero), the first-placed after the initial loop with a lead of close to five minutes and still in front after the second loop, was vetted out with an irregular gait.

Leader after the second loop Rashid Al Baloushi (Idaho Wildfire) maintained his advantage but it was Fatma Al Marri (Razorback Hotwing) who jumped from sixth to second position a mere three seconds behind the leader.
Ahmed Al Subousi (Tidikelt des Loges) wasn’t able to maintain third position for the start of the final loop, since he was vetted out at the recheck.

A confident Rashid said before the last loop: “I know this horse and we have had some podium places and top five placings before. Now we need some luck. Fatma is three seconds behind and then there is a bigger gap.”

Rashid and Fatma rode most of the first half of the last loop together but then it was game over for her. She had to nurse her horse home but still managed to claim fourth place.

From then on, the pressure was off for Rashid and he crossed the line in first position.
His comments after he passed the final vet check: “When did I know that I could win? Already from this morning. Seriously, the horse was still fresh and got bored.”

Second place was for Humaid Al Mazrooei (Qosmik Rio) whose only comment was: “No, the last loop wasn’t too difficult and all went well”.

There were happy faces among the crew of Hamad Al Kaabi (Persichems La Majorie), who were delighted to achieve the final podium spot.


Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stRashid Al BaloushiUAEIdaho WilfireEmaar Endurance Stables
2ndHumaid Al MazrooeiUAEQosmik RioM7 Endurance Stables
3rdHamad Al KaabiUAEPersichems La MajorieMRM Stables

Emirates Championship – 4 February 2017

Rashid Al Baloushi and Emaar Endurance Stables claim a convincing victory.

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 4 February 2017.

On the programme was a CEN 120km race, and unusually for the UAE, the number of entries was not so high with only 68. Not all stables entered horses, likely due to the very demanding calendar as we move into the second part of the season, plus the all-important President’s Cup coming up. Also unusual for the UAE was the weather, with temperature and wind reflecting European standards.

Emirates ChampionshipThat didn’t stop the fierce fight for the top places, although Saeed Al Baloushi (Bucanero), the first-placed after the initial loop with a lead of close to five minutes and still in front after the second loop, was vetted out with an irregular gait.

Leader after the second loop Rashid Al Baloushi (Idaho Wildfire) maintained his advantage but it was Fatma Al Marri (Razorback Hotwing) who jumped from sixth to second position a mere three seconds behind the leader.
Ahmed Al Subousi (Tidikelt des Loges) wasn’t able to maintain third position for the start of the final loop, since he was vetted out at the recheck.

A confident Rashid said before the last loop: “I know this horse and we have had some podium places and top five placings before. Now we need some luck. Fatma is three seconds behind and then there is a bigger gap.”

Rashid and Fatma rode most of the first half of the last loop together but then it was game over for her. She had to nurse her horse home but still managed to claim fourth place.

From then on, the pressure was off for Rashid and he crossed the line in first position.
His comments after he passed the final vet check: “When did I know that I could win? Already from this morning. Seriously, the horse was still fresh and got bored.”

Second place was for Humaid Al Mazrooei (Qosmik Rio) whose only comment was: “No, the last loop wasn’t too difficult and all went well”.

There were happy faces among the crew of Hamad Al Kaabi (Persichems La Majorie), who were delighted to achieve the final podium spot.


Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stRashid Al BaloushiUAEIdaho WilfireEmaar Endurance Stables
2ndHumaid Al MazrooeiUAEQosmik RioM7 Endurance Stables
3rdHamad Al KaabiUAEPersichems La MajorieMRM Stables
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