Al Faresi Wins in Abu Dhabi Festival Ride

For 20-year-old Emirati endurance rider Mansour Saeed Al Faresi a dream season continues

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27 March 2015, Abu Dhabi Festival 120 Km Ride ~ Mansour Saeed Al Faresi recorded his fourth success of the 2014-15 season when he partnered Ramaah to a victory in Friday’s Abu Dhabi Festival 120 Km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

Al Faresi scored his first-ever career win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported World Championship for Young Horses (2014) held in Samorin, Slovakia. Then back in the UAE, Al Faresi scored his first win on home soil when on November 15 he rode 10-year-old gelded Anglo-Arab Fenwick Tryst to win the Al Wathba Challenge Cup.

His third win of the season and second in the UAE came on today’s winner Ramaah. Together they finished first amongst 169 riders in the Al Ittihad Cup at the same venue on January 15, 2015.SH MANwithhorseB24O0361_1

And on Friday he made Ramaah’s trainer Ismail Mohammed and the MRM Stables proud with a superb display in the 120-km Abu Dhabi Festival Ride again partnering with Ramaah.

Al Faresi and the 11-year-old gelding came in 5th at the first loop, slipped to 8th in the next but then picked up to finish the next two loops in first place. Their winning time of 4 hours nine minutes and 38 seconds was achieved with an average speed of 28.84kph.

In second place was Suhail Ali Rashed Ali Al Ghailani on El Balino finishing just over a minute behind the winner but with a fantastic progress from 28th in the second loop to second in the third until the end of the 120-km event.

“Yes this is turning out to be a great season for me and all this has been possible due to the support from the MRM Stables and the trainer,” Al Faresi said.

End riders on trailB24O0101_1Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairman of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committee in the Int’l Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities ( IFAHR), Saif Awani of Awani Group of companies and Abdul Rahman Al Rumaithi attended the prize distribution ceremony.

“It has been such a fantastic story for Mansour Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi, who scored his first win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s ride and then followed it up with a triple success here at the Emirates International Endurance Village,” said Ms Sawaya.

“The Festival’s next event is the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards which will be held in Hollywood on April 3 and 4,” she said.

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 in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives 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 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 2015, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels and Racing Post.

Results (Top five) of the Abu Dhabi Festival 120 Km Endurance Ride on Friday 27th March 2015:

1 Mansour Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi (Ramaah) 04 hrs 09mins 38 secs;

2 Suhail Ali Rashed Ali Al Ghailani (El Balino) 04:10:39

3 Ali Yousef Hussain Al Hammadi (Nesmah) 04:13:29

4 Abdulla Rashid Mohd Saeed Al Naqbi (MI General)04:14:02

5 Prem Singh Madan Singh (Embrujo AG) 04:16:18

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