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Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum finishes in style at Al Wathba Challenge

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 11 November 2017. After a series of qualifying races and races for private stables we saw this Saturday with the Al Wathba Challenge the first ‘open race’ for the season in the United Arab Emirates.

The national race, CEN 120km, was divided into four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20km.

According to UAE standards it was a rather small entry field with 148 participants, because the organiser only accepted up to 4 horses for each stable.

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Side by side.The Al Wathba Challenge gives enough resting time for the horses ahead of the National Day Cup and is considered for many stables as a try out for the bigger race.

“Absolutely correct” was the comment of one of the leading stables, “maybe today we did not see all the best horses in the country, but the field was very competitive and as you could notice after two loops they were flying.”

Leading after the first loop with a small margin was Mohammed Al Qemzi – UAE (Karamea Ricohet) however the horse was retired by the rider after the second loop.

It was Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Sail) who took over the lead along with Fatma Al Marri – UAE (Razorback Hotwing) leaving the pursuers more than two minutes behind them.

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Group of four.Yet after the third loop Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE (Tra Jet) was in first place. Leila already had a good start of the season with Al Kamda Endurance Stables in the private races,  was riding for Al Wathba Stables.

Her lead of more than a minute was reduced to zero even before the last loop was well under way and she left together with Sheikh Rashid. “Yes” was her reaction, “We lost time starting the loop but I’m not sure if this had really influenced the end result. My horse was very good, but he decided to slow down even though he still had the power. He did this in the past with another rider but it’s ok because I made it to the podium.”

The support team of Sheikh Rashid (second position at that stage) was carefully positive before the final loop. “This is an amazing horse that won a ladies races here in Al Wathba last year,  after a spectacular last loop.”

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Team matesThird competitor to have an option for overall victory was Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Adjar Du Manba), he was in a very low 51st position after the first loop.

Ten minutes into the final 20km and the top three riders were together. Sheikh Rashid and Abdulla took control of the race and could build up a small advantage on Leila and crossed the finish line together with a 30 seconds lead.

A mere eight minutes after the finish Sheikh Rashid presented his horse for the final vet check and was declared sound and winner of the Al Wathba Challenge.

“Yes, this was the perfect race for us and the last loop went better than expected” were the comments of the winning stable.

Photo credit: Favio Lorenz


Al Wathba Challenge Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Wathba Challenge. CEN 120km
1stSheikh Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl SailM7 Endurnace Stables
2ndAbdulla Al MarriUAEAdjar Du ManbaF3 Stables
3rdLeila Al MarzooqiUAETra JetAl Wathba Stables

 

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum finishes in style at Al Wathba Challenge

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 11 November 2017. After a series of qualifying races and races for private stables we saw this Saturday with the Al Wathba Challenge the first ‘open race’ for the season in the United Arab Emirates.

The national race, CEN 120km, was divided into four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20km.

According to UAE standards it was a rather small entry field with 148 participants, because the organiser only accepted up to 4 horses for each stable.

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Side by side.The Al Wathba Challenge gives enough resting time for the horses ahead of the National Day Cup and is considered for many stables as a try out for the bigger race.

“Absolutely correct” was the comment of one of the leading stables, “maybe today we did not see all the best horses in the country, but the field was very competitive and as you could notice after two loops they were flying.”

Leading after the first loop with a small margin was Mohammed Al Qemzi – UAE (Karamea Ricohet) however the horse was retired by the rider after the second loop.

It was Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Al Sail) who took over the lead along with Fatma Al Marri – UAE (Razorback Hotwing) leaving the pursuers more than two minutes behind them.

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Group of four.Yet after the third loop Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE (Tra Jet) was in first place. Leila already had a good start of the season with Al Kamda Endurance Stables in the private races,  was riding for Al Wathba Stables.

Her lead of more than a minute was reduced to zero even before the last loop was well under way and she left together with Sheikh Rashid. “Yes” was her reaction, “We lost time starting the loop but I’m not sure if this had really influenced the end result. My horse was very good, but he decided to slow down even though he still had the power. He did this in the past with another rider but it’s ok because I made it to the podium.”

The support team of Sheikh Rashid (second position at that stage) was carefully positive before the final loop. “This is an amazing horse that won a ladies races here in Al Wathba last year,  after a spectacular last loop.”

Endurance World Al Wathba Challenge. Team matesThird competitor to have an option for overall victory was Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Adjar Du Manba), he was in a very low 51st position after the first loop.

Ten minutes into the final 20km and the top three riders were together. Sheikh Rashid and Abdulla took control of the race and could build up a small advantage on Leila and crossed the finish line together with a 30 seconds lead.

A mere eight minutes after the finish Sheikh Rashid presented his horse for the final vet check and was declared sound and winner of the Al Wathba Challenge.

“Yes, this was the perfect race for us and the last loop went better than expected” were the comments of the winning stable.

Photo credit: Favio Lorenz


Al Wathba Challenge Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Wathba Challenge. CEN 120km
1stSheikh Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAEAl SailM7 Endurnace Stables
2ndAbdulla Al MarriUAEAdjar Du ManbaF3 Stables
3rdLeila Al MarzooqiUAETra JetAl Wathba Stables

 

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