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Sheikh Hamed strongest in the Jumeirah Endurance Cup

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Thursday 14 December 2017. The Jumeirah Endurance Cup was the next important race on the UAE endurance calendar with a CEN 120km split into four loops of 40, 35, 27 and 18km.

As often seen with the ‘Dubai races’ there were over 200 entries although the number of horses who didn’t finish the race was higher than usual.  A lot of riders retired their mounts after the first or second loop.

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Third place.“Nothing unusual on that”’ was one of the comments. “We, and a lot of other stables, see this race as a preparation for the extremely important Sheikh Mohammed Cup. We wanted the test the horses one more time and make them more familiar with the start procedure, being in a big group of horses and get a taste of the track. We pulled them out after one or two loops. This was a very good training.”.

There were still enough riders and stables out there whose mind was set on victory and we saw a very hard-fought race in this Jumeirah Endurance Cup.

Two riders setting the early pace were Bhawani Rathore – IND (Welgeval Flaming Rock) and Jethu Singh – IND (Dude). The former would retire his horse after the second loop and the latter would finish 23rd.

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Giving water.As it is almost a tradition in this part of the world the early leaders don’t hold on to their positions very long and are doomed to fall back in the standing, retire or get eliminated before the real fight begins.

After the third loop a group of almost ten riders came in together which showed that till now, apart from the two former front runners, the speed was controlled and it would all be decided in the last loop.

Leader into the final loop was Abdulla Al Hammadi – UAE (HM Aprobado) with a small advantage of 11 seconds: “Don’t ask me how this will turn out. My lead is negligible and I can’t predict what will happen, but we will try everything possible.”

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Fourth place.His three closest followers were from M7 stables with Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Fatin) in the best position to launch the attack for the lead.

The comments from inside M7 were carefully positive: “It’s true that we are in a good position with so many horses in front but besides Sheikh Hamed’s horse we have some other good ones out there.”

Third place Suhail Al Ghailani – UAE (Fang Mir) was vetted out at the recheck for metabolic.

It didn’t take too long for Sheikh Hamed to close the gap with leader Abdulla and before halfway it was a group of six going up the hill with Amy McAuley – IRL (Arivederci De Comment), who left in sixth position, leading the pack.

With the finish line approaching, it were two riders who emerged from the pack being Sheikh Hamed with Amy McAuley next to him and this was also the finish order.
Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Bazz) was able to keep his third place till the end with early race leader Abdulla finishing in fourth place.
His comments: “Yes I’m satisfied with fourth although you are always hoping for more. But we were fighting against a very strong opposition.”

The last words are for the winning stables of the Jumeirah Endurance Cup, M7 Stables: “This is a nice victory, however it did not come easy. We had a good presentation in the front though our competitors didn’t make it easy.”


Jumeirah Endurance Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Jumeirah Endurance Cup. 2017-12-14. CEN 120km
1stSheikh Hamed Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl FatinM7 Stables
2ndAmy McAuleyIRLArivederci De SommantAl Barrari Stables
3rdSheikh Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl BazzM7 Stables

 

Sheikh Hamed strongest in the Jumeirah Endurance Cup

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Thursday 14 December 2017. The Jumeirah Endurance Cup was the next important race on the UAE endurance calendar with a CEN 120km split into four loops of 40, 35, 27 and 18km.

As often seen with the ‘Dubai races’ there were over 200 entries although the number of horses who didn’t finish the race was higher than usual.  A lot of riders retired their mounts after the first or second loop.

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Third place.“Nothing unusual on that”’ was one of the comments. “We, and a lot of other stables, see this race as a preparation for the extremely important Sheikh Mohammed Cup. We wanted the test the horses one more time and make them more familiar with the start procedure, being in a big group of horses and get a taste of the track. We pulled them out after one or two loops. This was a very good training.”.

There were still enough riders and stables out there whose mind was set on victory and we saw a very hard-fought race in this Jumeirah Endurance Cup.

Two riders setting the early pace were Bhawani Rathore – IND (Welgeval Flaming Rock) and Jethu Singh – IND (Dude). The former would retire his horse after the second loop and the latter would finish 23rd.

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Giving water.As it is almost a tradition in this part of the world the early leaders don’t hold on to their positions very long and are doomed to fall back in the standing, retire or get eliminated before the real fight begins.

After the third loop a group of almost ten riders came in together which showed that till now, apart from the two former front runners, the speed was controlled and it would all be decided in the last loop.

Leader into the final loop was Abdulla Al Hammadi – UAE (HM Aprobado) with a small advantage of 11 seconds: “Don’t ask me how this will turn out. My lead is negligible and I can’t predict what will happen, but we will try everything possible.”

Endurance World Jumeirah Endurance Cup. Fourth place.His three closest followers were from M7 stables with Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Fatin) in the best position to launch the attack for the lead.

The comments from inside M7 were carefully positive: “It’s true that we are in a good position with so many horses in front but besides Sheikh Hamed’s horse we have some other good ones out there.”

Third place Suhail Al Ghailani – UAE (Fang Mir) was vetted out at the recheck for metabolic.

It didn’t take too long for Sheikh Hamed to close the gap with leader Abdulla and before halfway it was a group of six going up the hill with Amy McAuley – IRL (Arivederci De Comment), who left in sixth position, leading the pack.

With the finish line approaching, it were two riders who emerged from the pack being Sheikh Hamed with Amy McAuley next to him and this was also the finish order.
Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Bazz) was able to keep his third place till the end with early race leader Abdulla finishing in fourth place.
His comments: “Yes I’m satisfied with fourth although you are always hoping for more. But we were fighting against a very strong opposition.”

The last words are for the winning stables of the Jumeirah Endurance Cup, M7 Stables: “This is a nice victory, however it did not come easy. We had a good presentation in the front though our competitors didn’t make it easy.”


Jumeirah Endurance Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Jumeirah Endurance Cup. 2017-12-14. CEN 120km
1stSheikh Hamed Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl FatinM7 Stables
2ndAmy McAuleyIRLArivederci De SommantAl Barrari Stables
3rdSheikh Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl BazzM7 Stables

 

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