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Pole Kamila adds Sheikh Mohammed Women’s ride success to UAE shopping Kart


A brilliant ride is what was needed to win the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival’s Ladies’ ride and Kamila Kart came up with one aboard Razorback Mechano at Dubai International Endurance City on Friday. Riding a mount from the MRM Stables, Kart, from Poland, went about her business with consistency through the three stages to win in sensational fashion as she snatched victory from Emirati rider Aya Abdullah Redha Ishaq Ali. Kart registered a time of 3 hours 11 minutes and 11 seconds, which was 47 seconds faster than second placed Aya, who stopped the clock at 3:11.58 aboard Flaming Ivory, her ride from the F3 Stables.

In third place, a further minute and 33 seconds adrift was Spain’s Maria Calvo Ibanez, who rode Carawan for M7 Stables. Ibanez finished with a time of 3:13.31, having set the third best time at the end of each of the three phases. The ride was attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince. And it turned out to be a nerve jangling and fast paced contest with Kart registering an overall average speed of 31.38kph and Aya only marginally behind at 31.26kph. Both finished outside the top 10 at the end of the first phase that spanned 40kms and while Kart found herself at 15th, Aya was two places behind in 17th.

Emirates’ Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi turned out to be quickest over the first phase, but as Kart and Aya both started to move upwards, Al Suwaidi started her descent towards an 11th place finish. Aya increased her pace aboard Flaming Ivory by over 3kmph in the second loop which also spanned 40km and moved into the spot vacated by her countrywoman Al Suwaidi. Kart on the other hand did not quicken her pace as much, but moved up to fourth and just a minute and 21 seconds adrift of leader Aya.

Ibanez remained rooted in third, with Mira Jassim Mohammed Al Ansaari above her in second place aboard Cheker. The final 20km phase turned out to be rather pacy affair with both Aya and Kart again pressing down hard on the gas. However, the response from their respective rides Flaming Ivory and Razorback Mechano turned out to be slightly different. And while the Polish rider was able to increase her riding speed in the final loop to an astonishing 42.53kmph, her Emirati counterpart was only able to get her mount to run at 39.54kmph, resulting in the former wiping out the deficit and creating her own lead of 47 seconds.

While Ibanez took third, French woman Camille Coulomb placed fourth aboard Seeh Al Salaam Stables’ Steyl Billy with a time of 3:16.34. Camila Bilbao riding Al Nasr 2 Endurance Stables’ Aoheili De Kerdavid was fifth with a time of 3:21.28. Kart said: “I thank HH Sheikh Mohammed and HH Sheikh Hamdan for their support of the race and raising the morale of the riders, which increased the intensity of the competition.” Praising her horse, Razorback Mechano, she added: “The competition was fierce, but my horse did a fine job and performed very well, especially in the final stages of the race.”

Meanwhile, a day earlier, Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer claimed the honours in the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival’s ride limited to Private Stables and Individuals. Riding Al Adham at an average speed of 30.53kmph, Ghaith finished the CEN 100km ride with a timing of 3:16.32. In second place was his Emirati compatriot Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi, who needed 24 seconds more to complete the ride aboard Esraar. Finishing third was Sri Lanka’s Srikanth Subramaniyam, who registered a time of 3:18.01 aboard Moondarra Maher. Ghaith worked his way up the rung, moving from 11th to seventh before winning the race in the last loop. Subramaniyam on the other hand led after the first loop and slipped to fourth before recovering to finish third. Meanwhile, Al Mehairi improved gradually moving up from seventh to third and then into second.

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