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VP attends Endurance race
From Our Abu Dhabi Bureau November 13, 2016
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ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the Al Wathba Challenge Endurance ride on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohammed said, “Today’s race was fast, and we did not know the extent of the readiness of horses trained by the various stables and also about their fitness levels.”

“It is our duty to welcome all new stables and to support their riders and trainers.”

Commenting on the success of the new endurance stables, Sheikh Mohammed said, “It is too early to judge the stables after just one race. We need to see how they perform over three to four races. We are still experimenting and we are comfortable with the exercise.

“Though we have the experience we are always looking to better the techniques of training and preparing a horse for competition. Training always provides good results be it in any field.”

The newly-formed M7 Endurance Stables based in Dubai got off to a winning start when Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi riding Burkaan edged out Mansour Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi on Tiswan Fageole to win the 120-km endurance ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

Kitbi, riding the 12-year-old bay stallion, finished hand-in-hand with MRM Stables’ Al Faresi on the 9-year-old bay gelding Tiswan Fageole with just a second being the difference between them after the 120-km ride.

The M7 Stables’ rider completed the 120-km ride held in four stages of 40kms, 35kms, 25kms and 20kms in a ride time of four hours 25 minutes and 16 seconds.

Another M7 Stables rider Saeed Hamoud Saeed Al Khayari on Dhurgaam finished third while Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahoori on EO Raghd took fourth place for Al Wathba Stables and Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi on Gheerulla Leia was 5th for MRM Stables.

Earlier in the morning 140 riders representing the UAE and 15 other countries got off to a mass start in the ride which was attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and many VIPs and guests of the Sheikh Mansour Festival.

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), representatives of sponsors and guests gave away the trophies and keys to cars to the winners.

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