It was another full weekend of endurance racing across the UAE with three races of 100km plus. The DIEC 119km Hatta Endurance Cup for Private Stables, The CEN 100km Sheikha Fatima Bint Monsoor Bin Zayed Al Nayhan Ladies Cup and the CEN 100km Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ride for Private Owners.
20th February 2020: The DIEC 119km Hatta Endurance Cup for Private Stables
S. S. Stables performed particularly well in the Hatta race, claiming first, fifth and sixth places with MAS Stables claiming second and third. Twenty-six stables entered the event with riders originating from 13 nations. The race saw a small field of 57 start, however over the course of the race, 42 riders were eliminated which left 15 to complete the course. Overall, Hatta was a tight call between the top five riders.
Winner of the day, Emirati rider Suhail Ali Alghailani, claimed first place with an average speed of 26.75 kmph on nine-year-old bay gelding Jasas. MAS Stables rider Fares Ahmad Saeed Daafoos Amer Al Mansoori riding Westfalia Yac took second place with an average speed of 26.65 kmph. Mohammed Suhail Al Ketbi riding for MAS Endurance stables rode into third place with Danisha El Quickly and an average speed of 26.57 kmph.
21st February: The CEN 100km Sheikha Fatima B Monsoor B Zayed Al Nayhan Ladies Cup
The ladies were out in force this weekend with 130 entrants representing 34 nations starting the race. However, 62 riders were eliminated, leaving 68 to successfully complete the race.
Emirati riders dominated the podium with Layla Abdulaziz Al Reda riding EO Raghd for Al Wathba Stables taking the top spot with an average speed of 29.45 kmph. Just behind her came Afnan Ibrahim Mousa from Maghaweer Stables who rode in on Baraka El Egido with an average speed of 29.40 kmph.
Third place went to Waad Nadim Bou Moghlbay also of Al Wathba Stables riding Moai 0618 with an average speed of 28.9 kmph. F3’s Catalina Bastons rode into fourth place with Gacela 50 and Julia Batalla for ABH Endurance placing fifth, with the 14-year-old Raymar Bennjamin.
CEN 100km Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ride for Private Owners
First place went to Syrian rider Massa Tonbaki of Enjaz Private Stables on the unstoppable Djin Des Vabres. Incredibly the nine-year-old French-bred Arabian adds another success to his impeccable race history, and since his career began, he has completed every race entered. Across all four loops the pair maintained first place, with an average speed of 29.10 kmph and a heart rate recovery time of below 1.20 for the first three loops.
Second place went to Rashed Hamoud Humaid Al Junaibi from Al Hazim 4 Stables riding the Argentinian gelding Ras Seductor. The pair also clocked an average speed of 29.1 kmph and in the final charge came agonisingly close to overhauling the winning pair.
Khalaf Al Ghaith of Zabeel Stables with Vagabon De Polski placed third with an average speed of 28.90 kmph. The pair rode an exceptional race and were never out of the top five places across all loops.
Abdulla Almari also of Zabeel Stables rode into fourth place on the French-bred Ayouf La Lizonne. The pair also clocked an average speed of 28.9 kmph throughout the race.
The race saw 117 starters of which 70 were eliminated and 47 completed the course. In total there were 58 stables with representatives from 19 countries.