In claiming the top four spots in the Al Wasl Endurance Cup for Private Stables, SS Stables and its Emirati trainer Ali Sultan Al Suboosi have shown they mean business this term. The CEN 119km ride at Dubai International Endurance City saw Saeed Salem Al Muhairi win aboard 17yo gelding Showman. The pair averaged a speed of 26.06kph over the four loops to record a winning time of 4 hours 33 minutes and 59 seconds, which was identical to what second placed Ghaith Abdul Wahid Saqer posted aboard Hattan. In third place, a second behind, was Saeed Hamoud Al Khayari on Abberlyn Park Austin, while fourth place was scalped by Saif Juma Beljafla, who finished a further second adrift on the back of Mekhlab.
All four SS Stables riders crossed the finish together, with fifth placed Uruguayan lady rider Maria Cecilia Sebben Perez galloping in on the back of Al Ain Stables’ Lobita with a time of 4:36.40. Omani rider Abdullah Jamal Al Balushi led after the first phase over 40km on the back of Al Darbi Endurance Stables’ Time Out, but his pace proved too quick and in a bid to keep his mount’s vitals within required parameters, he was forced to slow down and lost top spot to Layla Obaid Al Marzooqi of Al Kamda Endurance Stables, who took over after the second phase over 35km. Al Balushi placed sixth at the end of the second phase but was eliminated during the third loop over 26km due to metabolic reasons.
The third phase saw the lead change hands a second time, with Al Khayari now taking over on the back of Abberlyn Park Austin. Al Marzooqi slipped to fifth, but Al Muhairi had climbed back up to third and lay 34 seconds off the pace. It was a perfect position from which to strike and Al Muhairi did just that during the 18km final phase as he picked up the pace aboard Showman to wipe out the deficit and win ahead of Ghaith, whose position remained unchanged from the second place he had acquired after the third phase. Uruguayan Perez did well after finding herself 14th at the end of the first phase.
Over the course of the race she moved up to tenth and then to sixth before working her way to fifth. The race was attended by Sheikh Faisal bin Saud Al Qasimi, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation President Major General Dr Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Secretary General of the UAE ERF, Dr Ghanem Al Hajri and Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, the General Manager of Dubai Racing Club.