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Ghaith delivers a Saqer punch to win Commemoration Day ride


Riders from the UAE ruled the roost at the CEN 100km Commemoration Day Endurance Ride at Dubai International Endurance Centre last week, with Ghaith Abdul Wahid Saqer producing the stand out performance of the event to lead home an Emirati 1-2-3. Ghaith was outstanding aboard 9yo Al Adham and led from start to finish to win a ride, which saw him and second placed Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi aboard Esraar cross the finish together. Rashed Ahmed Al Bloushi placed third riding Omani Quandara.

Winner of the CEI 3-star 160km ride at Euston Park in the UK in June, Ghaith completed the three loop Commemoration Day competition in 3 hours 21 minutes and 5 seconds, riding at an average speed of 29.84kph. While Al Mehairi settled for second place and was just a second adrift of the time recorded by Ghaith, Al Bloushi was a further 2 minutes and 35 seconds behind in third place. Riding at an average speed of 28.70kph, Ghaith stormed to the lead at the end of the 40km first loop which he completed in a timing of 1:23:33s.

UAE lady rider Layla Mohammed posted the second best time of 1:24:48s. And, as Ghaith managed to build upon his position on the table, Layla let things slip and dropped to seventh and then finally to tenth. Al Mehairi and Al Bloushi had placed ninth and 15th at the end of the first phase, but moved into where they would eventually finish by stepping things up in the second loop which also covered 40km. Al Mehairi was 28 seconds off the pace set by Ghaith, while Al Bloushi was a good minute and ten seconds behind the leader. With Al Mehairi making ground quickly, Ghaith knew he could not take his position for granted and remained alert, ultimately doing just enough to make sure he retained the lead and win.

Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi and Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Ketbi placed fourth and fifth respectively, while sixth placed Uruguayan Jonatan Rivera Iriarte was the lone non-Emirati rider in the top ten. A little over 32% of the starting field completed the ride, with just 106 of the 328 pairs being declared fit at the end.

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