A dominating performance by Saeed Hamoud Al Khayari aboard Vazzily Milin Riant saw M7 Endurance Stables claim top spot rather comfortably in the Al Marmoom Endurance Cup at Dubai International Endurance City. Al Khayari and his mount kept close to the lead all along and won the CEN 120km ride that had been broken down into four phases with a time of 4 hours 15 minutes and 8 seconds. The winners rode through the four phases at an average speed of 28.22kph to win well from the F3 Stables’ pairing of Abdulla Ali Mohamed Alamri and Longrun Mikami, who were 1m18s behind in second place with a time of 4:16:26.
A further 33s behind in third place was Alamri’s teammate Amy Louise McAuley, who rode Tom Jones TE across the finish in a time of 4:16:59. Fourth and fifth places were secured by two M7 Stables’ riders, Ghaith Abdul Wahid Saqer and Saif Juma Mohammed Beljafla, who rode Sahess Lotois and Alandar respectively. Khayari was absolutely delighted to have won the event and praised the performance of his 10yo gelded partner Vazzily Milin Riant saying: “My horse responded very well and was brilliant throughout the ride. “He did exactly what I asked him to do and I could have asked for more from him.
When we were cruising he did well keeping a good pace and when he was asked to accelerate in the final stage he just ran on strongly as he had saved up a lot of energy. He is a horse with good stamina and was perfect during the course of the ride.” Speaking of the race, Al Khayari added: “The race was anything but easy, in fact staying close to the top was kind of difficult because some of the top riders and horses in the UAE were involved and none were giving anything away.” A quartet of M7 riders led by Salem Malhoof Al Kitbi aboard Mujeer took charge of the race after the first phase over 40km, with Saeed Salem Al Muhairi second on Asmar Du Barthas and Al Khayari placing third, a total of 14s in arrears.
Al Kitbi failed to hold on to his spot over the course of the second phase spanning 35km making way for MRM Stables’ pair of Saif Al Mazrui and Perzan to take over. A calculative reduction of speed saw Al Khayari drop to fifth, 30s behind the pace, but he yanked himself over the course of the 27km third phase to cut the deficit to 14s from new leader Mansoor Khamis Mohammed Al Shedi, who rode A’bandom’s Rockabilly of Dubawi Stables. It was really tight at the top but Al Khayari capitalised on Vazzily Milin Riant’s vast energy source and upped his pace over the 18km final phase from 25.68kph to 35.24kph which put him well clear of the competition and en route to a comfortable success. F3 Stables’ Alamri climbed up from eighth to finish second, while his teammate, Irishwoman McAuley, moved up one spot into third from fourth.
Fourth and fifth placed Saqer and Beljafla clocked times of 4:17:47 and 4:20:55 respectively. Having clinched a first success for the season, Al Khayari said he is looking forward to winning more in the coming months. He said: “It was very competitive, especially as the last phase of the race was the most difficult because I needed to make up time and was chasing. The speeds were high throughout so you had to be alert throughout. “I am thrilled to have won and it’s nice to get this first win under the belt, hopefully this will be a good season going forward.”