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Al Junaibi on Sarab strikes for Al Wathba Stables

A superb effort by Rashed Hamoud Humaid Al Junaibi on 10-year-old gelding Sarab gave the Al Wathba Stables a dominating win in the Emirates Championship FEI CEI two-star 120-km Endurance Ride on Saturday, 3rd February, 2018 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi.
 
The Al Wathba Stables is owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Al Junaibi and Sarab completed the 120-km ride in 04hrs 11mins 45secs.
 
Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer on Deemah and Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi on Gheerulla Lamborghini completed a 1-2-3 sweep for the UAE while Morocco’s Maha Khalid on Pelann finished fourth ahead of the UAE’s Mohammed Ahmed Hassan Al Abbar on Sesame.
 
Al Junaibi and Sarab were placed second in the first two stages of 40kms and 35 kms each and then took the lead in the penultimate stage of 25 kms and maintained it in the final loop of 20kms to complete a comprehensive victory.
 
The top four riders were awarded 4WD cars and a total of 172 riders started the four-stage race and 46 completed.
 
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi- Director General of the Abu Dhabi equestrian Club along with other guests gave away the trophies.

Ms. Sawaya congratulated HH Sheikh Mansoor on the success for Al Wathba Stables and said that the calendar of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be unveiled at an international press conference next week.
 
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, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, 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, 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 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

Results (Top five) EMIRATES CHAMPIONSHIP FEI CEI** 120 Km Endurance Ride:
 
1. Rashed Hamoud Humaid Al Junaibi –UAE-(SARAB) Time: 04hrs 11mins 45secs;

2. Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer –UAE-(DEEMAH) 04:13:44;
 
3.Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi –UAE-(Gheerulla Lamborghini) 04:14:40;
 
4. Maha Khalid-MOR- (PELANN) 04:21:33;

5. Mohammed Ahmed Hassan Al Abbar–UAE-(Sesame) 04:24:11
 
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