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Emiratis sweep all category honours during Euston Park Endurance


EMIRATIS swept the top spots in each of the four categories at the Euston Park Endurance Ride, sponsored by Emirates Airlines, in fine weather conditions in Suffolk late last month. Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui, Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi, Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi and Ali Mubarak Salem Mohammed Allooba, all representing MRM Stables, won at the Euston Park Estate. While Al Mozroui won the prestigious CEI 3-star 160km ride, Al Muhairi triumphed in the CEI 2-star 120km Young and Junior class. Al Harbi finished at the summit in the CEI 2-star 120km event and Allooba stole success in the CEI 1-star 80km ride.

MRM Stables’ trainer Ismail Mohammed Al Jeziri was thrilled with the favourable turn of events and said he is very much looking forward to the rest of the European season. “We started our European season at Royal Windsor Endurance, but this was our first three star ride and it’s just amazing. The horses finished in great condition and it looks very positive for the season ahead,” he said. The UAE were absolutely dominant in the feature 160km ride with Al Mozroui leading a top four in the category as he clocked a total of 7 hours 59 minutes and 4 seconds on board Preume De Paute, who was ridden at an average speed of 20.04kph over the six phases.

In second place, just four seconds behind in 7:59:08, was Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi aboard Siam Du Barthas. In third, a further 40 seconds adrift, was Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose, who rode Cadigaam. Finishing fourth was Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi, while British lady riders Caroline Cowley and Heather Whiteley placed fifth and sixth respectively. The CEI 2-star 120km ride saw Al Harbi finish the four phase ride in a total time of 4:50:11 aboard JQ Safi Safra. Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi, aboard Salam Banquetol, was adjudged second having finished with the same time. In third place, a second behind, was Mohammed Ahmad Ghanim Al Marri, riding Zulo.

Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamri and Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum ensured the top five spots were claimed by Emirati riders. Al Muhairi proved peerless in the Young and Junior riders event, completing the 120km ride in 5:32:25 aboard Zo Go Dayr. So dominant was the Emirati that, riding at an average speed of 21.66kph, he finished nearly an hour and a half ahead of Italian lady rider Chiara Careddu, who clocked 6:59:52 aboard Da Fuica Da Marinela. In third place was Briton Nikki Brown, who rode Tinkerbell’s Image across the finish with the clock reading 8:32:54.

The 80km ride was won by Ali Mubarak, who rode Al Hedjaz Bhagwan at an average speed of 21.32kph to complete the three phase race in 3:45:09. Finishing second was another Emirati rider, Mohammed Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi, who came home in 3:55:34 when riding Ankor Da. Indian rider Bank Singh placed third on the back of Rakib Nikita 10, completing the ride in 4:21:01. Nick Brooks-Ward, event director at HPower Group Endurance, said: “It was a fabulous start to our ride season and I am so grateful to our ground staff for the incredible work they’ve put in over the last few months. We had extremely heavy rain in the days prior to the ride but given the long period of dry weather we’d had before we ended up with really good going.”

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