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Nouf Reda wins Endurance Cup

Filed on February 27, 2016 | Last updated on February 27, 2016 at 11.39 am
Nouf Abdul Reda landed victory for Al Maghaweer Stables in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Nouf Abdul Reda landed victory for Al Maghaweer Stables in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Friday.

(Wam)

The race was attended by Shaikha Fatma bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and accompanied by her two brothers Shaikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Nouf Abdul Reda, astride 11-year-old Anglo Arabia gelding RR Erebus, landed the 100km Shaikha Fatma bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup for Al Maghaweer Stables, at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Shaikha Mahra bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum headed the 108 riders who started the race under favourable weather conditions at the beautiful venue which was decked up with a lot of side activities at the 'Arts Creative Land' for young kids and especially girls.

The race was attended by Shaikha Fatma bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and accompanied by her two brothers Shaikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Nouf and RR Erebus covered the distance in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 34 seconds at an average speed of 29.04kmph. Polish rider Kamila Anita Karet was second on Thaalob and in third was Argentine Sabrina Mendiz on H C E Magfalcada Su.

The riders managed to take advantage of the relatively cool weather conditions in the early morning and put their horses on top gear to finish the first loop in 1:22:22 seconds at an average speed of 40km/ hour. Aisha Darweesh showed the way and close on her heels was Mira Jassem Al Ansari with Kart in third.

But, the winner began to make steady progress until she hit the front in the concluding stage and from then on went on to win.

Trainer Abdulla Mohammed Rashid Al Naqbi was delighted and said: "I would like to dedicate the victory to Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the patron of the Al Maghaweer Stables."

"RR Erebus is a good horse and easy to train. He has finished third in Al Dhafra Endurance Ride at the beginning of the season and hopefully he will continue to impress during the rest of the season," he said.

Meanwhile, Nouf, the winner commented: "I'm truly happy. The race was tough and the competition was too strong. The third loop was particularly very difficult."


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