Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success

  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success
  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success
  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success
  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success
  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success
  • Up and coming Al Mansoori’s star continues to rise with impressive Commemoration Day Cup success

EAGER TO MAKE an impact in one of the bigger events on the UAE endurance racing calendar, Fares Ahmed Al Mansoori went all out in his bid to clinch victory in the (DIEC) 120km Commemoration Day Endurance Ride for Private Stables at Dubai International Endurance City last Friday. Riding SS Stables’ Sultan Ali Al Subousitrained 9yo gelding Al Tantawy during the four phase ride, Al Mansoori triumphed rather easily as he kept himself within touching distance for the first half of the race and pounced to claim the lead when the opportunity presented itself at the halfway stage.

The pair completed the ride in a time of four hours 18 minutes and 55 seconds, going about their business at an average speed of 27.81kph. The overall pace of the ride was unhurried but witnessed a mere 38 of the 113 starters finish. Al Mansoori has enjoyed an exceptional year since June and won seven events.

Six of those wins were gained overseas and included the much coveted 120km FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses in The Netherlands in September. But that was not all and Al Mansoori had carried his form back to the UAE, where he won the Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge on 6 November with Zaizoom and later finished second in the 120km Al Marmoom Endurance Cup on 11 November.

And it was even better for the youngster on Friday as he placed second over the 40km first loop, 51s behind fellow SS Stables’ rider Suhail Rashed Al Ghailani on the back of Zhlatan Lerem. Al Kamda Endurance Stables’ Layla Al Marzooqi, on Tonki Dee Boo Marley, took over in front during the second loop spanning 35km, with Al Ghailani dropping four spots and Al Mansoori staying rooted to second.

By now he had cut the deficit from the leader down to just 4s and in a perfect position to make his move he managed to take over the summit comfortably over the third loop that covered a 25km distance. The pressure applied by Al Mansoori might have proved too much for Al Marzooqi and she was disqualified by the ground jury after returning from the third loop.

Zabeel 2 Stables’ rider Hamdan Ahmad Al Marri had moved into second after the third loop having occupied eighth during the first two loops but Al Mansoori had moved a massive 2m52s clear from the rest and could now just cruise and only needed to ensure his mount was passed fit at the end of the 20km final loop.

That didn’t turn out to be much of an ask and the pair won with 9s to spare as Al Marri and his ride Chaman De La Folie were clocked at 4:19:04. Finishing third was Al Remak Stables’ rider Zubaidah Ali Sabti on Imhan De Luriecq with a time of 4:27:22. Mas Endurance Stables’ Matar Hamad Al Kitbi took fourth on the back of Boxhill Cruza with 4:27:44 on the clock, while Al Ghailani f i n i s h e d fifth with a time of 4:32:36.

 

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