Al Qahtani rides Escoba to victory in HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor ride

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Riding Escoba, a 9-year-old bay mare, the Al Jazira Stables 2 rider Al Qahtani was in dominant form and after taking the lead in the second of the 4-stage race, stayed in front to win from Zayed Saeed Al Houqani from Al Wathba Stables riding 10-year-old grey mare JLB Noche.

The three remaining positions in the top five went to three different stables with Maitha Mohammed Al Qubaisi on Aladin Croix Noire from Al Bawadi

Stables and Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum on Deemah from MH7 Stables taking third and fourth respectively.

In fifth was Suhail Ali Rashed Ali Al Ghailani on Tarmac De La Cure from Al Maghaweer Stables.

The top two riders finished the 120-km event hand-in-hand and just a second separated them with the winning time being 4 hours 17 minutes and 40 seconds.

The ride was run in four stages of 40kms, 35kms, 25kms and 20 kms each. The top four riders were given a car each for their winning effort.

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Mussalem Al Amri of Al Jazira Stables and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees along with representatives of sponsors gave away the trophies to winners.

The ride was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.