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Moghlbay steps it up several Noches to win

28/12/2017
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A quick reassessment of strategy saw Waad Nadim Bou Moghlbay claim a fine victory in the CEI 2* 120 km Emirates International Endurance Village Cup ride at Al Wathba. Al Wathba Stables’ rider Moghlbay rode JLB Noche at an average speed of 28.1kph over the four loop ride and clocked the fastest time of 4 hours 16 minutes and 29 seconds. A second behind in second place was Al Reef Ash Stables’ Emirati rider Rashed Hamoud Humaid Al Junaibi, aboard Perdeberg Rasta. Argentina’s Daiana Yamila Chopita, who also rode for Al Wathba Stables, was clocked a further second adrift on HLP Gadafi.

All the top three riders registered the same average speed of 28.1kph over the 120km event which had been broken into four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20kms each. Moghlbay had finished fifth behind Argentina’s Catalina Bastons in the 2017 HH Sheikha Fatma bint Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100km Endurance Ride earlier this year. And she was not about to let history repeat itself yet again. Losing a second time to an Argentine rider was definitely not going to be an option. She started well at Al Wathba last week, but was way off the pace after the first loop as she could only manage the 13th best time. However, the Lebanese rider decided to make amends immediately and quickened her pace to move into second place which she hung onto before throwing the kitchen sink at Argentinian lady rider Chopita in the final 20km.

Moghlbay was terrific and her 10yo Purebred Arabian gelding JLB Noche did everything that was asked of him, despite the pair coming under pressure from Al Junaibi, who held the reins aboard Perdeberg Rasta. Al Junaibi had clocked the 11th best time at the end of the first loop. And the Emirati rider improved thereafter climbing up seven places and right into contention to make a final charge for the title. However, despite increasing his average riding speed by over 10kph from 25.5 to 35.7kph he could not outdo Moghlbay who also had to increase her speed as she sought to get the better of Chopita. Chopita has been riding consistently in the Emirates since the start of the season and denied a number of top male riders last month to win the prestigious National Day Cup ride at Al Wathba. Chopita had turned in a classy performance that saw her win quite comfortably on the back of the 12yo gelding Tehama Souveign.

The Argentine won in front of a royal audience, including HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. A week after her National Day Cup success she placed third in the CEI 1-star 100km Yas Endurance Ride for Private Owners and was one of the favourites to win at Al Wathba last week.

Two other Emirati riders, Rashid Mohammed Ibrahim Al Baloushi and Mohammed Obaid Al Zeyoudi placed fourth and fifth respectively. Emaar Endurance Stables’ rider Al Baloushi, riding Idaho Wildfire, managed an average speed of 27.3kph to finish with a time of 4:23.47, while Al Zeyoudi, riding Take A Break from the Al Maghaweer 2 Stables, clocked 4:29.20 after maintaining an average speed of 26.7kph. A total of 49 rider/horse pairs completed the race, while 109 pairs were eliminated.

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