ABU DHABI: Teenager Ahmed Mohammed Al Jaber, riding seven-year gelding, Omani Quandara, won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for privately owned horses at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.
The CEN 100kms was run in four phases of 33kms, 27kms, 24kms, and 16kms. It drew 67 riders.
With this win, he completed a hat-trick having won the previous two editions of the competitions.
Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan gave away the trophies. Also present were Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, director of the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing, Stephen Bowey of Invest AD and Saif Al Awani, managing director of Al Awani.
The total prize money on offer was Dhs500,000 including a car for the winner.
Nineteen-year-old Jaber completed the ride with a time of three hours, 46 minutes and nine seconds with an average speed of 26.531 kmph.
It was the Omani Quandara’s first and the winning horse belongs to Al Jaber Stables.
Jaber, who finished first in the first stage, never looked back and went on to win the remaining three stages to emerge a comfortable winner.
“It was a quite a tough ride as it attracted new stables also who have strong horses,” said the 19-year college student, adding that he knew he was going to win after the second stage.
Mansour Ibrahim Ahmed, who was riding Rezongo El 1finished second, clocking 3.50.34 with an average speed of 26.023 kmph while Azaam Aref Own Al Kahtheeri timed 3:50.34 on Capa Negra from Al Ain Endurance Stables to take the third spot.
The fourth place went to lady rider Layla Abdul Aziz Al Redha, who partnered Waleed (AE) from Al Giyad Stables.
She clocked a time of 3.56.23, followed by Yousif Mohammed Hassan Al Hammadi (3.56.24) on Nara from Al Rawahel Private Stables
Meanwhile, the official highlight of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi meeting is the Group 2 middle round of the Arabian Triple Crown and seven have been declared for the 2200m Purebred Arabian feature.
Trainer Ernst Oertel saddled four winners at the previous meeting in the Capital two weeks ago with Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea on three of them and they combine with Shayel Aldhabi. A filly, she has won all four of her starts locally, including the Emirates Fillies’ Classic a fortnight ago.
That was over 1600m and she has to prove her stamina for this longer trip, under a penalty, but does appear highly progressive.
Her jockey concurs: “I have won three times on her over 1600m so this is a big step up in trip but I think she will stay,” said O’Shea.