REVENGE MIGHT not have been on the mind, but in winning last Friday’s DIEC 120km Endurance Ride Humaid Khalil Al Hosani managed to avenge an earlier defeat. Al Hosani had finished second behind Khalfan Juma Beljafla in the 120km National Day Cup on 27 November and representing Al Azem Stables here he managed to turn tables on the latter and pick up a first career triumph.
The four-loop ride in the sands of Dubai International Endurance City panned out as a match race between Al Hosani, who rode Ducka De Luc, and Beljafla, who sat aboard Mas 7 Endurance Stables’ Houdinis Fire. The lead oscillated between the pair throughout the ride with each taking turns to overthrow the other and replace him at the summit.
In the end it was Al Hosani who triumphed with a first-ever career success as he completed the ride nine seconds quicker in a time of four hours 24 minutes and 25 seconds. He and Ducka De Luc averaged a speed of 27.23kph over the course of the four loops, while Beljafla and Houdinis Fire were marginally slower at 27.21kph and were eventually timed at 4:24:34.
In fact it was Beljafla who drew first blood, taking the summit at the end of the 40km first loop with 1:20:22 on the clock and Al Hosani trailing by 57s. Riding faster Al Hosani managed to wipe out the deficit and record a 10s lead during the course of the 35km second loop.
But Beljafla returned to the top with a quicker pace over the 25km third loop and had a 26s lead going into the final loop over 20km. Ensuring their partners’ vitals were within prescribed limits, the pair set out over the sprint phase of the race at slightly higher speeds than the previous loop, Al Hosani riding at 27.97kph, Beljafla at 27.6kph.
That proved sufficient as Al Hosani had the last laugh as he won by a mere nine seconds. Pakistani rider Ahsan Ullah Jamshed was a distant third on the back of the Al Mugheer Private Stables-owned Davlyn Park Tabasco with a time of 4:45:29, while Emirati riders Hazza Mohammed Al Maamri on Amjad Du Barthas for Al Butin Private Stables and Mohammed Juma Al Ameemi riding At Dial Range Hummer for Al Mugheer PS placed fourth and fifth respectively.