Orman Du Cardon triumphs
Mohammed Ali Al Shafar, aboard Orman Du Cardon, landed the 160-km FEI HH The President Endurance Cup for Al Reeh Endurance Stables to drive home a brand new car plus the precious Gold Cup and the mouth-watering prize-money at the Al Wathba International Endurance Village here on Friday.
The winner covered the distance in 6 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds at an average speed of 26.20 km/hr.
Teenager Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (13 years old) took second astride Farak representing Al Wathba Stables in 6 hours, 7 minutes and 8 seconds at an average speed of 26.14 km/hr to claim the silver sword plus a car, and behind them came Saeed Saqr Al Amiri onboard Eclipse from Fazza Endurance Stables in 6 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds at an average speed of 26.04 km/hr to win the bronze sword plus a car.
The race was attended by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance; and Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and a number of Shaikhs and top officials.
Meanwhile, 132 riders lined up under the early rays of the sun before they hit in the heart of the desert, led by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
The race was held under the directives of Shaikh Mansour and the support of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, and organised by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in collaboration and cooperation with the Emirates Equestrian Federation. A cash prize of Dh1.5m plus four cars have been provided by the organisers for the winners of the teams and individual competitions.
The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festivalis organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with the Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
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