Horse racing

Marri guides Castle Jumeirah to Endurance Cup victory

Filed on March 9, 2014

11-year-old Arabian mare dominates at Emirates Intíl Village

Winners and officials during the presentation ceremony. — Supplied photo

Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri, on board 11-year-old Arabian mare Castle Jumeirah did everything right to land the Shaikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup — For Private Own Horses, CEN 100-km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village here on Saturday.

The brilliant rider advanced at the ride time to lead in the crucial stages of the grueling race and land the trophy in great style.

The race was attended by Shaikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor and Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and a number of Shaikhs and top officials.

The winner covered the distance in 03:44:00 seconds at an average speed of 26.788 km/hour, followed on his heels by Saeed Ahmad Al Harbi and behind them came Ali Ghanim Obaid Al Ali.

Al Marri walked away with the major share of the Dh500,000 prize-money plus a car and Rolex watch.

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club commented: “We are truly obliged to Shaikh Mansour for staging such crucial events for the development and promotion of the sport. The big response of the private stables and owners proved once again the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is paying off and the equine sport is growing from success to success.

“The lucky winner drove home a brand new 4WD car besides a major share in the Dh500,000 prize-money and the festival’s Rolex wrist piece. The top three finishers in the three will attend the fifth edition of the World Arabian Horse Conference London 2014,” he said.

The event was organised by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club under the directives of Shaikh Mansour as part of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.

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