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Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup – 24 February 2017

Catalina Bastons and Jumeirah Stables finish in style.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100km, Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 24 February 2017.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup - 24 February 2017There were 105 starters for this 100km race, divided into four loops of 40, 25, 19 and 16km. Opinions were divided about having four loops for this distance, with comments directed at the speed/recovery combination of the horses.
That being said, the majority were in favour of this system.

Crossing the line first after the opening loop was Shathra Al Hajjaj (Gotama of Gredos), but she was immediately vetted out with irregular gait.

For three loops the positions were not that important since the top of the race was all very close. The top ten were separated by one minute and the top 20 were spread by a little over two minutes at the start of the second loop.

After three loops, it was still impossible to predict the finishing rankings because of the close battle.

At the finish of the third loop, a group of almost ten came in together and it was only recovery time that created separation for the starting order of the final loop.

Half a minute divided the top three, with Catalina Bastons (SM Jota Curado) leading the pack.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup - 24 February 2017This pair had been in front since the second loop, but the stable remarked: “Until now the horse is good and we have good faith, but she doesn’t have that much experience and it’s the first time she’s doing this distance”.

Smiles were big at Jumeirah Stables after the finish because Catlina fought until the end, with a sprint necessary to achieve first place.

Second place went to Afnan Abdulla (Instantaneo), and her stable, Al Wathba Stables, was very pleased. Afnan stated: “We left half a minute after the leader in fourth position. We were able to catch her and put on some pressure. We were just missing that little extra push to come first.”

Third place went to Alice Misino (Tudo Du Cambou) who was also riding close to the leaders, but had to fall back with the finish line in sight.
The highest speed in the final loop was recorded by Kamila Kart (Razorback Mechano), who started eleventh to finish just outside the podium. “Unfortunately, the gap was too big to start with. I kept increasing my speed and although I was able reduce the gap I realised I wouldn’t be able to catch those at the front. Yes, I’m happy because this was the best we could do today with the horse.”


Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup Results CEN 100km

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stCatalina BastonsARGSM Jota CuradoJumairah Stables
2ndAfnan AbdullaUAEInstantaneoAl Wathba Stables
3rdAlice MisinoITATudo Du CambouAl Jazeera Stable 2 
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Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup – 24 February 2017

Catalina Bastons and Jumeirah Stables finish in style.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100km, Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 24 February 2017.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup - 24 February 2017There were 105 starters for this 100km race, divided into four loops of 40, 25, 19 and 16km. Opinions were divided about having four loops for this distance, with comments directed at the speed/recovery combination of the horses.
That being said, the majority were in favour of this system.

Crossing the line first after the opening loop was Shathra Al Hajjaj (Gotama of Gredos), but she was immediately vetted out with irregular gait.

For three loops the positions were not that important since the top of the race was all very close. The top ten were separated by one minute and the top 20 were spread by a little over two minutes at the start of the second loop.

After three loops, it was still impossible to predict the finishing rankings because of the close battle.

At the finish of the third loop, a group of almost ten came in together and it was only recovery time that created separation for the starting order of the final loop.

Half a minute divided the top three, with Catalina Bastons (SM Jota Curado) leading the pack.

Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup - 24 February 2017This pair had been in front since the second loop, but the stable remarked: “Until now the horse is good and we have good faith, but she doesn’t have that much experience and it’s the first time she’s doing this distance”.

Smiles were big at Jumeirah Stables after the finish because Catlina fought until the end, with a sprint necessary to achieve first place.

Second place went to Afnan Abdulla (Instantaneo), and her stable, Al Wathba Stables, was very pleased. Afnan stated: “We left half a minute after the leader in fourth position. We were able to catch her and put on some pressure. We were just missing that little extra push to come first.”

Third place went to Alice Misino (Tudo Du Cambou) who was also riding close to the leaders, but had to fall back with the finish line in sight.
The highest speed in the final loop was recorded by Kamila Kart (Razorback Mechano), who started eleventh to finish just outside the podium. “Unfortunately, the gap was too big to start with. I kept increasing my speed and although I was able reduce the gap I realised I wouldn’t be able to catch those at the front. Yes, I’m happy because this was the best we could do today with the horse.”


Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup Results CEN 100km

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stCatalina BastonsARGSM Jota CuradoJumairah Stables
2ndAfnan AbdullaUAEInstantaneoAl Wathba Stables
3rdAlice MisinoITATudo Du CambouAl Jazeera Stable 2 

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