Dubai: The Al Reef Stables' Sultan Ahmad Al Baloushi won the HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup for the second year in a row as he led a sensational UAE sweep of the top nine positions in the CEI three star ride at Abu Dhabi's Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba yesterday.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and other Shaikhs and officials attended the ride.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, participated in the event which saw a total of 90 riders in action.
Al Beloushi, who was aboard the bay gelding Cronus, held off a strong challenge from fellow Al Reef rider Omair Hussain Abdullah Al Bloushi to win the gruelling 160km event in a time of 6 hours 25.13 minutes. Al Bloushi, riding the grey Marlicia Walter, finished just seven seconds behind the winner.
Third place went to Majid Mohammad Salman Al Sabri who clocked a time of 06:30.35 aboard the 10-year-old chestnut Armin s Zulu. Al Sabri rides out of the Emaar Stables who also supplied the fourth place finisher, Ahmad Mohammad Al Jaber Al Marri who finished in 06:38.27.
Mohammad Ali Al Shafar, from the Al Reeh Endurance Stables was fifth aboard Dalyn Man, while another Emaar Stables rider, Buti Ali Saif Ali Al Nuaimi took the sixth place with Laziz du Barthas. Al Shafar set a time of 06:46.42 while Al Nuaimi clocked 06:52.15.
Emirates Stables' Ahmad Mohammad Yafour Al Sabusi finished seventh, Thani Mohammad Al Muhairi of the Seeh Al Salam Endurance Stables eighth and Mansour Ebrahim Al Salman from the Fazaa Endurance Team in ninth place.
French endurance rider Sarah Chakil finished best among the international riders in 10th place.