CAMILLE COULOMB snatched victory in the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ladies Ride at Dubai International Endurance City on Friday and immediately credited her mount Vista Du Barthas’ immense experience as the reason for her incredible success in the prized CEN 120km competition. Riding at an average speed of 28.04kph, Coulomb and Vista Du Barthas completed the four phase ride in a time of 4 hours 16 minutes and 49 seconds, well clear of second placed Spaniard Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia, who came home on the back of M7 Endurance Stablesowned Al Hajaj in a time of 4:21:57.
A little over five minutes adrift in third place was Indian rider Nida Anjum Chelat who rode to the finish in a time of 4:27:01 on Umour D’Aurabelle owned by Dubawi Stables. Coulomb was fourth in this event in 2017 but it didn’t seem like she was not going to settle for anything other than victory as she placed only 11th at the end of the first phase over 40km. F3 Stables’ rider Catalina Bastons took charge after the first loop and the Argentine kept the lead until the completion of the third loop with her mount Castlebar Topgear responding well before being disqualified due to a ground jury ruling during the course of the final loop.
For her part, Coulomb found herself 2m17s behind the pace set by Bastons, but with a few tweaks over the 35km second phase she was able to move into second position. However, she still found herself trailing Bastons by 2m1s. Over the course of the 27km third loop, Coulomb reduced her riding speed in a bid to keep her mount fresh for the final 30km loop and that saw her fall one place to third, with Bastons’ F3 Stables teammate Amy Louise McAuley now between the pair on the back of the seasoned Tom Jones TE. McAuley was third at the end of loop two, climbing into the position from 20th previously. She managed to trade places with Coulomb during the course of the third loop, but failed to complete the fourth and final part of the race after her mount was eliminated on metabolic grounds.
Coulomb was 1m27s behind Bastons going into the final loop, but she had plenty to play with as Vista Du Barthas showed he had plenty left in the tank. The pair increased their pace, going up from 26.32kph to 30.25kph and with news trickling in of Bastons’ disqualification, it eventually turned out to be a relatively easy canter home for the pair, who took a comfortable victory in the first of three events that were part of the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival. It was Coulomb’s first big success on Emirati shores after a second that separated her two fifth place finishes in the CEI 2** 120km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup from 2017 to 2019.
Meanwhile, her French-bred 10yo grey Vista Du Barthas, who is owned by Seeh Al Salam Endurance Stables and trained by Salem Mohammed Al Sabousi, has placed in the top five at some of the biggest events in the UAE regularly. And Coulomb was particularly thrilled to have achieved the feat on the back of a horse bred in her homeland as she said: “My horse is bred in France and has competed a dozen 120km rides with this trainer. “It was an amazing ride with an amazing horse. The horse has a lot of experience and was amazing until the end. I am very happy for the stable, the trainer and all the riders. “I knew I was going to win on the last loop. The horse was very fresh and he wanted to keep going. They deserve this win. It was easy right to the end.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ladies Ride (Top 5)
Pos Name Nationality Horse Stable Time
1. Camille Coulomb France Vista Du Barthas Seeh Al Salam 4:16:49
2. Eulalia G Guardia Spain Al Hajaj M7 Endurance 4:21:57
3. Nida Anjum Chelat India Umour D’Aurabelle Dubawi 4:27:01
4. Naroa Calvo Ibanez Spain Kitima Boomerang M7 Endurance 4:32:07
5. Aya Abdulla Redha UAE Aspenview Amir F3 Stables 4:32:07