EMIRATI RIDER Abdulla Mohammed Al Hammadi and Abid Khan of India turned up as the winners of the two endurance rides that were held at Bouthib International EnduranceVillage on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi last week. And while Al Hammadi won the 120km event on the back of the Al Reef Ajban Stables-owned Clotilde in a time of six hours 11 minutes and 56 seconds, Khan was triumphant in the 100km race.
Both events were held under the Bouthib Rules which focus primarily on the welfare of horses participating in the ride. The races are run at far slower speeds than in normal endurance rides and Al Hammadi and his 8yo Anglo Arab partner Clotilde, trained by Khaled Abdelrahim Al Hammadi, went about the ride at an average speed of just 19.7kph.
The pair started the ride in fifth place, but were a mere 30s behind leader Mukesh Kumar Saini, who posted the best time of 1:58:48 on the back of the ABH Enduranceowned Rosevale Park Bay. Saini dropped five spots during the course of the second loop allowing China’s Ying Jiang to take the summit on Glendaar Crystal Fire.
At the same time, Al Hammadi had moved up three spots and was now the leading chaser. Jiang’s failure at completing the third loop saw Al Hammadi move into pole position. He was 5:28s ahead of Saini, who had bounced back and from there it was a matter of just holding on, which Al Hammadi and Clotilde did rather comfortably, despite Saini and his partner going about the final loop at a faster pace.
As Al Hammadi secured the title with 6:11:56, Saini held on to second with a time of 6:14:36. Portugal’s Manuel Maria Lopes riding Al Aasfa 2 Endurance Stables’ Nadjim was a distant third with a time of 6:30:00. In the 100km ride, Abid Khan dominated from nearly start to finish with the only blemish on what would have been a start to finish success was his dropping to second over the second loop.
Partnering Al Maghaweer Stables’ Abdalla Rashid Al Naqbi-schooled Etna De Larchat AA, Khan completed the ride on his 7yo chestnut mount at an average speed of 19.6kph in a time of 5:09:40. Khan and his partner led at the start but swapped places with the UAE’s Watfa Nasser Abdulrahman at the end of the second loop.
Another place swap over the course of the third loop saw Khan and Etna De Larchat move back to the top and this time that was final as they held their own over the course of the last loop and won by over four minutes from Iranian rider Shima Amrollah Mirzaei, who rode Sendjed Can Rocas for the Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain.
Mirzaei completed the ride in a time of 5:13:59, with teammate Abdulrahman a further second back in third on the back of Czars Delight.