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Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum leaves it until the last metres at the Al Reef Cup

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 13 January 2018.  The Al Reef Cup came after two hectic weeks of races in Dubai, so there was no rest for the UAE stables and riders.

It was a CEI2* 120km with the usual four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km. Leading from the first loop was Khalifa Al Khyeli – UAE (SC Copernico), a horse without big victories to his name, but with all the potential to strike gold.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Coming second.At the start of the final loop his advantage over second-placed Saif Al Mazrouei – UAE (Prince) was close to two minutes, but even on the short distance of 20km that doesn’t mean any guarantee of glory. Third-placed Mohammed Al Mazrooei – UAE (Shevy) had a gap of three minutes to fill before reaching the leader.
The decision for victory in the Al Reef Cup fell with the finish line in sight and it was Shaikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Tidjam Al Mels) who claimed top position after starting the final loop in fourth place three minutes behind.

The final was nail-biting, as leader Khalifa was only joined in the last kilometre by Sheikh Rashid who was deciding which strategy to use.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Looking after the horse.He stayed with Khalifa for a short while before starting the final sprint and Khalifa’s horse didn’t have anything left to answer this acceleration.

The winning stable, M7 Endurance Stables, stated: “True that we kept it till the last meters, but we had to come from three minutes back. Do you see many races here in the UAE where one rider dominates and can control the pace? Not many, because we’re always facing strong competition who comes well prepared, so nothing comes as a present.”

Khalifa, who was controlling the race for most of the day, held onto second place.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Top ten finish.His stable, Al Reef Al-Ain Stables, noted: “We came to win, but second place is a nice award after a good day of racing. We were keeping control of the race and recovery times were very good, but we knew that the last loop would be the decider. We tried everything we could, but the horse didn’t have that extra power to defend his position in the final metres.”

Third place went to Jonatan Rivera – URY (H V Chairu), who was in 39th position after the first loop and worked his way nicely through the standings.
Al Reef Ajban II Stables remarked: “Jon was way back in the first part of the race, and although recovery time was not as good as our competitors, the plan we had in mind worked well. With a ninth place at the start of the final loop a podium place looked far away, but we just kept going and I think we deserve this third place.”


Al Reef Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Reef Cup. 13-01-2018. CEI2* 120km
1stSh. Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAETidjam Al MelsM7 Endurance Stables
2ndKhalifa Al KhyeliUAESC CopernicoAl Reef Al Ain Stables
3rdJonatan RiveraURUH V ChairuAl Reef Ajban II Stables

 

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum leaves it until the last metres at the Al Reef Cup

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 13 January 2018.  The Al Reef Cup came after two hectic weeks of races in Dubai, so there was no rest for the UAE stables and riders.

It was a CEI2* 120km with the usual four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km. Leading from the first loop was Khalifa Al Khyeli – UAE (SC Copernico), a horse without big victories to his name, but with all the potential to strike gold.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Coming second.At the start of the final loop his advantage over second-placed Saif Al Mazrouei – UAE (Prince) was close to two minutes, but even on the short distance of 20km that doesn’t mean any guarantee of glory. Third-placed Mohammed Al Mazrooei – UAE (Shevy) had a gap of three minutes to fill before reaching the leader.
The decision for victory in the Al Reef Cup fell with the finish line in sight and it was Shaikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum – UAE (Tidjam Al Mels) who claimed top position after starting the final loop in fourth place three minutes behind.

The final was nail-biting, as leader Khalifa was only joined in the last kilometre by Sheikh Rashid who was deciding which strategy to use.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Looking after the horse.He stayed with Khalifa for a short while before starting the final sprint and Khalifa’s horse didn’t have anything left to answer this acceleration.

The winning stable, M7 Endurance Stables, stated: “True that we kept it till the last meters, but we had to come from three minutes back. Do you see many races here in the UAE where one rider dominates and can control the pace? Not many, because we’re always facing strong competition who comes well prepared, so nothing comes as a present.”

Khalifa, who was controlling the race for most of the day, held onto second place.

Endurance World Al Reef Cup. Top ten finish.His stable, Al Reef Al-Ain Stables, noted: “We came to win, but second place is a nice award after a good day of racing. We were keeping control of the race and recovery times were very good, but we knew that the last loop would be the decider. We tried everything we could, but the horse didn’t have that extra power to defend his position in the final metres.”

Third place went to Jonatan Rivera – URY (H V Chairu), who was in 39th position after the first loop and worked his way nicely through the standings.
Al Reef Ajban II Stables remarked: “Jon was way back in the first part of the race, and although recovery time was not as good as our competitors, the plan we had in mind worked well. With a ninth place at the start of the final loop a podium place looked far away, but we just kept going and I think we deserve this third place.”


Al Reef Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Al Reef Cup. 13-01-2018. CEI2* 120km
1stSh. Rashid Dalmook Al MaktoumUAETidjam Al MelsM7 Endurance Stables
2ndKhalifa Al KhyeliUAESC CopernicoAl Reef Al Ain Stables
3rdJonatan RiveraURUH V ChairuAl Reef Ajban II Stables

 

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