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Suhail Al Ghailani wins Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge & Leila Al Marzooqi best in the Al Wasl Endurance Cup.

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October 2017.

Last summer the UAE based riders and stables were very active in Europe in a very successful campaign. The highlight was the complete dominance in the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Verona, Italy winning gold in both individual and team.

Last weekend we witnessed at the Dubai International Endurance Village the season opener for the Dubai season, following some qualifiers the weeks before.
Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Friday.01Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge was the first race on the programme on Friday with a CEN 100km divided in three loops of 40, 40 and 20km.
Large entry lists are standard in the UAE but a total of 260 starters lined up is still an impressive sight.
First to come in after the openings loop was Mohammed Al Faresi – UAE (Trek RA) but due to the long recovery time he dropped out of the top ten.

Mansoor Al Sabri – UAE (Techno de la Bassanne) was the first leader, with his competitors not too far behind him.

Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge. HectorEverybody was worried about the second loop which was another 40km, since temperatures were raising rather quickly.
Mansoor was still fighting for a podium place but unfortunately retired the horse retired at the recheck before start of the third loop.
It was Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Castlebar Identity) who started the final 20km in first position and saw a good day of racing rewarded with a fifth place.
Fight for victory turned into a sprint between Suhail Al Ghailini – UAE (Carawan), Hind Al Redha – UAE (HH Serena) and Rashed Al Mazrooei (Al Razem).
Only in the last meters it became clear that Suhail could beat off the competition and passed the line first.
The top three crossed the finish line separated by not more than eight seconds.
All these horses passed the finale vet check, and this was the order for the podium.
Relief was big at M7 Stables after claiming first and third place: “It’s always nice to win the first race of the season but we have to work very hard for this. Clearly the weather is still very hot and the second 40km loop was a challenge. Also, our competitors didn’t make it easy for us and as you could see it was only in the final meters that we got confirmation of the first place.”
The average speed for the winner was 29.55km/h.
Saturday was the Al Wasl Endurance Cup for Private Stables also ran over 100km, exactly the same tracks as the previous day.

Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Saturday.02More than 160 combinations took the start and it was interesting to see speed for the winner in the first loop was higher compared to yesterday. A fact that was repeated in the third and final loop.
Leading after the first loop was Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE (Momentum WR) and she proved the good form of this combination by leading the whole race from start to finish. Good recovery after the second loop proved to be vital for the outcome of the race which allowed her to start the third and final loop with an advance of 90 seconds.
She could keep this advantage when crossing the finish line.
Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Saturday.01Her reaction: “No, the last loop wasn’t easy. Don’t get me wrong, the horse is amazing but doesn’t like to ride alone and gave me a hard time. I’m so happy with this victory, also for the team.”
Second place went to Ghaith Rubya – UAE (Al Adham) who always had one foot on the podium during the whole race. He seemed to be the rider who could set up a challenge against Leila but high speed in the final loop was similar to the winner.
It was Saif Al Mozroui – UAE (Samed) who claimed the final podium place who had a difficult race considering he was in 16th position after the first loop. His horse needed more recovery time as the others but ultimately claimed third position.

Photo credit: alas6able_8


Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge and Al Wasl Endurance Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Dubai CEN 100km. Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge. 2017-10-20
1stSuhail Al GhailiniUAECarawanM7 Stables
2ndHind Al RedhaUAEHH SerenaAl Barrari Stables
3rdRashed Al MazrooeiUAEAl RazemM7 Stables
Dubai CEN 100km. Al Wasl Cup for Private Stables. 2017-10-21
1stLeila Al MarzooqiUAEMomentum WRAl Kamda Endurance Stables
2ndGhaith RubayaUAEAl AdhamS.S. Stables
3rdSaif Al MozrouiUAESamedBin Ham Endurance Stable

 

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Suhail Al Ghailani wins Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge & Leila Al Marzooqi best in the Al Wasl Endurance Cup.

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October 2017.

Last summer the UAE based riders and stables were very active in Europe in a very successful campaign. The highlight was the complete dominance in the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Verona, Italy winning gold in both individual and team.

Last weekend we witnessed at the Dubai International Endurance Village the season opener for the Dubai season, following some qualifiers the weeks before.
Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Friday.01Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge was the first race on the programme on Friday with a CEN 100km divided in three loops of 40, 40 and 20km.
Large entry lists are standard in the UAE but a total of 260 starters lined up is still an impressive sight.
First to come in after the openings loop was Mohammed Al Faresi – UAE (Trek RA) but due to the long recovery time he dropped out of the top ten.

Mansoor Al Sabri – UAE (Techno de la Bassanne) was the first leader, with his competitors not too far behind him.

Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge. HectorEverybody was worried about the second loop which was another 40km, since temperatures were raising rather quickly.
Mansoor was still fighting for a podium place but unfortunately retired the horse retired at the recheck before start of the third loop.
It was Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Castlebar Identity) who started the final 20km in first position and saw a good day of racing rewarded with a fifth place.
Fight for victory turned into a sprint between Suhail Al Ghailini – UAE (Carawan), Hind Al Redha – UAE (HH Serena) and Rashed Al Mazrooei (Al Razem).
Only in the last meters it became clear that Suhail could beat off the competition and passed the line first.
The top three crossed the finish line separated by not more than eight seconds.
All these horses passed the finale vet check, and this was the order for the podium.
Relief was big at M7 Stables after claiming first and third place: “It’s always nice to win the first race of the season but we have to work very hard for this. Clearly the weather is still very hot and the second 40km loop was a challenge. Also, our competitors didn’t make it easy for us and as you could see it was only in the final meters that we got confirmation of the first place.”
The average speed for the winner was 29.55km/h.
Saturday was the Al Wasl Endurance Cup for Private Stables also ran over 100km, exactly the same tracks as the previous day.

Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Saturday.02More than 160 combinations took the start and it was interesting to see speed for the winner in the first loop was higher compared to yesterday. A fact that was repeated in the third and final loop.
Leading after the first loop was Leila Al Marzooqi – UAE (Momentum WR) and she proved the good form of this combination by leading the whole race from start to finish. Good recovery after the second loop proved to be vital for the outcome of the race which allowed her to start the third and final loop with an advance of 90 seconds.
She could keep this advantage when crossing the finish line.
Endurance World Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge Saturday.01Her reaction: “No, the last loop wasn’t easy. Don’t get me wrong, the horse is amazing but doesn’t like to ride alone and gave me a hard time. I’m so happy with this victory, also for the team.”
Second place went to Ghaith Rubya – UAE (Al Adham) who always had one foot on the podium during the whole race. He seemed to be the rider who could set up a challenge against Leila but high speed in the final loop was similar to the winner.
It was Saif Al Mozroui – UAE (Samed) who claimed the final podium place who had a difficult race considering he was in 16th position after the first loop. His horse needed more recovery time as the others but ultimately claimed third position.

Photo credit: alas6able_8


Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge and Al Wasl Endurance Cup Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
Dubai CEN 100km. Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge. 2017-10-20
1stSuhail Al GhailiniUAECarawanM7 Stables
2ndHind Al RedhaUAEHH SerenaAl Barrari Stables
3rdRashed Al MazrooeiUAEAl RazemM7 Stables
Dubai CEN 100km. Al Wasl Cup for Private Stables. 2017-10-21
1stLeila Al MarzooqiUAEMomentum WRAl Kamda Endurance Stables
2ndGhaith RubayaUAEAl AdhamS.S. Stables
3rdSaif Al MozrouiUAESamedBin Ham Endurance Stable

 

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