Al Mazroui rides Splendacrest Adage to narrow victory

Al Mazroui rides Splendacrest Adage to narrow victory

F3 Stables Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri finishes runner-up again



By Kt Report

Published: Sun 8 Feb 2015, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:34 PM

Shaikh Hamdan attended the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s CEN120-km Emirates Championship (Open) endurance ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday. — Wam

Shaikh Hamdan attended the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s CEN120-km Emirates Championship (Open) endurance ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday. — Wam

Abu Dhabi: After Friday’s one-two finish, the F3 Endurance Stables had to be content with a two-three finish as Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui, on Splendacrest Adage, from MRM Stables, staved off a double challenge to win the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s CEN120-km Emirates Championship (Open) endurance ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

For Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri, it was second time unlucky as the F3 Stables rider once again finished just a second behind the winner, like he had on Friday behind Ghanim Saed Salim Aliwaisi, on Castlebar Gigolo, in the Shaikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival 120-km CEN endurance ride.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; 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, attended the ride.

On Saturday, Al Marri on AS Emponchado, finished a second behind Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui on Splendacrest Adage, with Salim Said Al Owais, on Terminator Te, in third, a further one second behind, after a gruelling 120-km contest.

Shaikh Hamed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum, on Carawan, finished fourth as the UAE riders dominated while in fifth and sixth place were two foreign riders — Maeva Valentin on Dahoman XI from France and Argentina’s Catalina Bastons  on HM Guerrero.

The first six riders were all awarded a 4WD vehicle each for topping the 120-km Emirates Championship, which attracted 93 entries for the 4-stage ride. The ride was run in stages of 40kms, 40kms, 20kms and 20kms.

The winner Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui and Splendacrest Adage, a 10-year-old grey gelding trained by Ismail Mohammed, came up with a consistent display despite winning by a narrow one second. The pair finished third after the first 40-kms and after that led in each of the next three stages to complete the 120-km ride in 04hrs 17mins 01secs at an average speed of 28.01 kmph.

The prestigious HH The President’s Cup 160-km endurance championship in Al Wathba will be held next week.

The Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated 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.


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