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Al Rais and Al Marri dig deep for success in Baraqat and Hatta rides


RIDERS FROM the Emirates clinched success in the two endurance competitions held at Dubai International Endurance City last week with Mariam Adnan Abdulkarim Al Rais and Hamdan Ahmad Mohammed Al Marri both pacing themselves well en route to victory in their respective events. While Al Rais and her ride from M7 Endurance Stables, Afreet, had to battle hard to succeed in what panned out as a very keenly contested CEN 100km Baraqat Al Lian Ladies Endurance Ride, Al Marri and his mount Castlebar Corona were faced with the task of having to wipe off a relatively larger deficit in order to win the Hatta Endurance Cup.

Which of the two was the bigger task was hard to tell, but both were spot on with their riding and won comfortably at the end. Al Rais and Afreet rode at an average speed of 29.27kph over the three phases to clock a total ride time of 3 hours 24 minutes and 57 seconds, which turned out to be a mere six seconds better than second placed Irish rider Amy Louise McAuley aboard F3 Stables’ Utoufa De Lap. In third place, a further 14 seconds behind, with a time of 3:25:17, was Frenchwoman Camille Coulomb aboard Steyl Billy. 

With some of the top riders from around the world competing, the CEN 100km Baraqat Al Lian Ladies ride was destined to be a tough one but Al Rais placed herself comfortably and was fifth at the end of the first 40km phase. So tight was the leaderboard that she was just 26s behind leader Camila Bilbao, who rode Aoheili De Kerdavid. Al Rais upped her speed marginally in the second phase which also spanned 40km, but despite that she dropped a spot to sixth behind Coulomb, who had moved into pole position from seventh.

Al Rais now had a deficit of 42s from the top and just 20km in which to make things work for herself and she managed just about fine by increasing her riding speed further, which only just carried her over the line ahead of the rest of the chasing pack, led by McAuley, who was 6s behind but had done well to work her way to a runnersup finish from 13th and 11th at the end of the first two loops. Coulomb, meanwhile, was forced to be content with third having clocked a time of 3:25:17, while Spain’s Naroa Calvo Ibanez and her mount Unique Du Colombier were fourth with a time of 3:25:41. In fifth place with a time of 3:25:46 was Emirati rider, Hind Khalid Habib Al Redha aboard Oued El Kebir Larzac.

The Hatta Endurance Cup also played out to a similar plot but with Al Marri needing to erase over three minutes in arrears to win. The Emirati rider and his horse Castlebar Corona were second at the end of the first phase, 23s behind the pair of Ahmed Saleh Mohammed Al Shehhi and Bolero VV and remained rooted to the position even when the lead changed at the end of the second loop, which saw the Emirati lady rider Layla Mohammed Obaid Al Marzooqi seize the initiative. Only thing was Al Marri now had a 3m 5s deficit to worry about, but again a change of gears aboard the responsive Castlebar Corona helped him more than make amends and win by 27s with a time of 3:23:25.

Ghanim Said Al Owais climbed up from eighth to seventh to eventually finish second with a time of 3:23:52 aboard La Monito. In third place were Layla and her ride Zagarra, with a time of 3:24:00, while Al Shehhi was a further four minutes adrift aboard Bolero VV with a time of 3:28:00. The only non Emirati in the top five was Meike Fickenscher, who clocked 3:30:00 aboard Kurrajong Saphire Odjani 97.

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