The UAE’s Saif Ahmed Al Mazrouei, astride Haroon from Al Sabousi Stables, landed the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival ‘s CEN 100km Yas Endurance Ride for Private Owners Only at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba here on Friday.
The event was held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and President of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and was attended by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, HH Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor, HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and top sports officials, and organised by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
The race has attracted 120 riders from the private stables within the UAE to battle it out for the five 4WD vehicles that have been provided for the top five finishers.
The winner covered the distance in 3 hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds at an average speed of 28.23km/ hour. The brilliant performer advanced from the 15th position by the end of the first loop to settle fourth in the second vet gate then fell back to the seventh place after the third phase before he made his final move to lead and cross the finish line ahead of all.
Indian contender B. Singh was 0.08 seconds behind in second place for the Abdullah Al Qaisah Stables and then came the Uruguayan rider Jonathan Riveira from Al Ain Stables.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities ( IFAHR) and Chairman of Apprentice Jockeys and Racing in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities ( IFAHR), Ahmed Al Shamsi, representing TDIC and Saif Al Awani, owner of the Al Awani General Enterprises presented the prizes and trophies to the top three winners.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, National Archives and Racing Post.