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Ali Al Muhairi wins Rashid Festival ride

Completes 120-km event in 4:27:36

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Abu Dhabi: The two horses that Ali Mohammad Al Muhairi prepared for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year have obliged the endurance rider with two successive wins this season.

Yesterday, Al Muhairi, a member of the UAE team which won a team gold and an individual silver at the WEG, rode 13-year-old Fenwick Cadenza to victory in the Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival 2011 120-km Endurance Ride.

He won in a time of 4hrs 27min and 36secs.

It followed Al Muahiri's win on Karabil Kalya Hai in the Shaikh Maktoum Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge last month.

"Both the horses had qualified for the 160-km World Endurance Championship but did not run there. We brought them back here and after a two-month rest I am happy that I was able to score victories on both of them," said Al Muhairi. "It was a tough race and South Africa's Gerda, who came second is a strong rider. Ali Khyalfan Al Jahouri, who finished third has a great record here in Al Wathba but my horse was in great shape."

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended the ride.

Also present was Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Presidential Flights and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

RESULTS

1. Ali Mohammad Al Muhairi (Fenwick Cadenza ) Time: 04hrs 27 mins 36 secs, 2. Gerda Petronella Burger -RSA- (Indian Eskalonik) 04:31.37;

3. Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (Vasco) 04:35:12, 4. Sardo Marco- ITA- (Ramses) 04:35.13, 5. Majed Mohammad Salman Al Sabri (Obelia Azureenne ) 04:36:20

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