Dana wins Rashid Festival ride
Dana Mohammed Sharif Al Mutawa astride Hirstglen Horizon and Amy Louis McAuley on Nirida de Paute finished a ladies 1-2 in the 120-km Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village on Saturday.
The top two riders and the third-placed Shaikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum on Colonial Boy made a clean sweep by the Seih Assalam Stables in Dubai.
Dana said it was a tough ride as she faced stiff competitions from many strong horses in the final loop.
“I followed the instructions of my trainer Ali Al Muhairi and made a steady progress to the final stage and was able to put up a good display to emerge the winner,” said the 21-year-old Dana. “This is my best finish though Hirstglen Horizon have registered many victories.
19-year-old McAuley, who is a student at the Jumeirah College Dubai said: “I am very happy with my second place in the ride. My previous best has been a top four since I took up the sport fours years ago. A fifth place was Nirida de Paute’s best before.”
Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance attended the race.
Shaikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave away the trophies in the presence of Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing.
“Today (Sunday) we will see some of the UAE top riders take part in the Giants Endurance Challenge, over a distance of 120 kms. There will be a total prize money of Dh500,000 plus a Bentley car for the winner and two more cars for the second and third-placed riders,” said Sawaya.
THE RESULTS (TOP 5)
1. Dana Mohammed Sharif Al Mutawa (Hirstglen Horizon) 4 hrs 28 mins 25 secs;
2. Amy Louis McAuley-Ireland- (Nirida de Paute) 4:28.26;
3. Shaikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum (Colonial Boy) 4:28.29;
4. Mohammed Ahmad Hassan Al Abbar (Raksha) 4:28.30;
5. Mohammed Juma Ali Al Muhairi (Idaho Twilight) 4:28.32
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