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A touch of good fortune brings McAuley and Al Marri success in Dubai Crown Prince rides


A tiny dose of good fortune combined with a well calculated ride helped Amy Louise McAuley and Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri turn up winners of their respective events at the prestigious Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Rides at Dubai International Endurance City. Both witnessed the leading rider and horse pairs in their competitions get eliminated en route to victory. And while McAuley clinched the Ladies ride aboard the F3 Stables-owned Huitru XR, Al Marri was victorious aboard the Hamdan Saeed Jaberowned Eo Rakassah Anik in the ride restricted to Private Stables and Individuals.

McAuley and Huitru XR, trained by Khalifa Ghanim Al Marri, went about their business at an average speed of 30.52kph and won with a time of 3 hours 16 minutes and 37 seconds. The F3 Stable pair rode across the finish alongside teammates Cecilia Garcia, who sat aboard Univers De Bonance, and was placed second just one second adrift. In third place was M7 Endurance Stables rider Maialen Calvo Ibanez, who completed the ride aboard Sameem in a time of 3:17.56. The CEN 100km ride had been broken down into three phases of 40, 40 and 20kms and McAuley hovered close to the top from the start.

She was placed third after the first and second stages where the lead passed on from Argentina’s Martina Spelanzon to the UAE’s Nouf Abdul Reda Ali after the former was eliminated due to the irregular gait of her ride Raheb. Nouf eventually placed 12th aboard Dudley Dick Te as she was forced to drop her speed considerably over the final 20km phase from 31.4kph to 19.63kph as she bid to keep herself from being disqualified. McAuley on the other hand increased her riding speed up from 30.16kph to 33.09kph and was only just able to hold the fast finishing Garcia on the line. Garcia had moved up from 21st at the end of the first phase to fourth going into the final loop.

While Ibanez settled for third, a pair of Emirati riders completed the top five. The Private Stables and Individuals ride played out to a similar script, with Al Marri earning his chance following the elimination of SS Stables riding pair of Saif Ahmed Mohammed Al Mazrouei and Esraar due to metabolic reasons. The pair had led over the first two phases and were 31sec ahead of Al Marri and Eo Rakassah Anik going into the final phase where Esraar recorded a heart rate of 76 and was subsequently scratched.

Al Marri and his ride had looked comfortable all along as they moved up from tenth at the end of the first phase into second going into the final phase and clocked an average speed of 29.99kph, which saw them finish the ride with a time of 3:20.04. In second place was Rashed Saeed Al Kamda aboard Ra7il with a time of 3:21.05, while third place went to Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi and Aracos Kaluha, who completed the ride in 3:22.24.

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