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Sheikh Hamed wins Jumeirah ride, while Ireland’s Amy impresses with runners-up finish

21/12/2017
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SHEIKH HAMED DALMOOK AL MAKTOUM clinched the honours in the Jumeirah Endurance Cup with a fine ride aboard Al Fatin, but a top five clean sweep for the UAE was prevented by Irish lady rider Amy Louis McAuley, who managed to sneak into second place during the CEN 120km event at Dubai International Endurance City last week. Riding the 9yo gelding Al Fatin, Sheikh Hamed played it clever, exercising caution to keep close to the lead in the early parts of the race and then letting a bit of calculated impetuosity get the better of him as he jostled for position in the last of the four phases that the race had been broken down into.

Sheikh Hamed finished the ride with a total time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 53 seconds as he maintained an average speed of 26.58kph. In second was McAuley, who produced a brilliant ride aboard Al Barrari Stables’ Arivederci De Sommant and finished just a second behind. In third place was Sheikh Hamed’s teammate from M7 Stables, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook, who rode Al Bazz home in a time of 4:32.25. Two more Emirati riders, filled the next two spots: Al Reef Ajban Stables’ rider Abdullah Mohammed Hasan Al Hammadi, who could have won having led going into the final phase, was fourth aboard HM Aprobado with a time of 4:32.28, while Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi, riding for Jumeirah Stables, was fifth astride El Manso with a time of 4:37.37.

Sheikh Hamed started well and maintained a good average speed which helped keep pace with the lead over the first four phases and gave him the platform from which to launch an attack on the title in the final 18km phase. He placed eighth after the first 40km phase, then moved up a spot during the 35km second phase and was 11 seconds adrift of leader Al Hammadi going into the final loop. Sheikh Hamed increased his riding speed by over 4kph from 24.45 to 28.67 in the final loop and that turned out to be enough to ensure he won despite McAuley gaining ground and moving up into the runners up position from sixth, where she had been placed starting the last loop. A field of 205 riders had assembled at the start, but only 46 finished the event at Dubai International Endurance City.

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