Raising the bar next season is what the Al Reef Al Ain Stables’ trainer Omair Hussain Al Bloushi hopes to do after snatching victory in the CEN 119km Endurance Trainers Cup at Dubai International Endurance City last week. Al Bloushi tasted success courtesy of Khalifa Mohammed Al Khyeli’s dominating ride aboard Johroy Apparition in the four phase ride which the pair completed in a time of 4 hours 18 minutes and 59 seconds, having recorded an average riding speed of 27.57kph. Al Bloushi was thrilled to have won and said: “Based on this positive result we will prepare bigger plans for next season.”
Al Khyeli kept close to the top at the end of the first phase over 40km and was a mere minute and 16 seconds off the pace set by Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi, who rode Didjicko for Mas Endurance Stables, and was eventually placed third after clocking 4:26:57. Didjicko is trained by Buti Ali Saif Al Nuaimi.
Finishing second was Mohammed Obaid Al Zeyoudi, who rode Al Maghaweer Stables’, Hari Singh-trained Thiyya Du Mortier home in a time of 4:22:37. The lead changed hands in the second stage with Indian rider Rukhshad Alam Habibur taking top spot on the Salah Abdullah Ameen-trained Raymar Bennjamin. Places were traded yet again at the end of the third with Al Zeyoudi snatching top spot. Al Khyeli and Johroy Apparition were second going into the final phase over 18km and 27s behind the leaders. Well within reach, they launched themselves completely with Al Khyeli asking his 8yo gelding to go faster and Johroy Apparition responding well to finish nearly four minutes ahead of Al Zeyoudi.
Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, the general manager of Dubai Racing Club, said: “As the season draws to a close we would like to extend our thanks to the other government departments that joined forces with us to make all of this possible. “It was a great season of endurance riding and we thank all riders for their participation and 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 Dubai Crown Prince and executive chairman of Dubai Sports Council, for their immense support which led to the success of the season. “We will look forward to welcoming the riders, horses and teams again next year.”