Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Wins President’s Cup on Shaddad

190 riders take part in FEI 160-km CEI 3* ride

13 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Riding 12-year-old gelding Anglo/Arabian Shaddad, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum edged out Indian rider Madhu Singh on Mustafa to win the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, 13 February.

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook bin Juma Al Maktoum heads out on loop

In an acknowledged difficult ride that attracted 190 riders and horses from all over the world, Sheikh Rashid and Madhu Singh wore down the opposition to end in a two-way battle for supremacy. It was the UAE rider who emerged victorious to win with a little over a minute to spare.
The ride across the desert was followed in six loops of 40kms, 33kms, 24kms, 23kms, 20kms and 20kms which centered around the Endurance Village at Al Wathba. Notables attended including HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister,  along with many other VIP guests.

Sheikh Rashid after win

Sheikh Rashid after win

The Al Jazeera Stable 2 rider Madhu Singh and the 10-year-old Mustafa had earlier in the season won the 120-km Al Dhafrah Endurance Ride, and they took charge immediately after the second loop and led for the next two stages. Sheikh Rashid moved up to join the race and by the end of the fourth stage was in second place.

The two then battled all the way to the wire but it was Sheikh Rashid who took the lead in the penultimate stage and held on to complete the final 20km and win in a time of 6 hours four minutes and 54 seconds. The MRM Stable star‘s horse is trained by Mohammed Ali Al Subose.
“It was the toughest challenge I have ever faced particularly in the final stage. My horse loves closely-contested races and I was keen not to consume all his energy in the early stages. HH Sheikh Mohammed and HH Sheikh Hamdan were behind the success and without them nothing would have been achieved,” Sheikh Rashid said after winning the keys to a brand new Mercedes-Benz 4WD while Madhu Singh was given the keys to a Range Rover Sport 4WD.

International riders

goodUS-0355Two US riders were going well until end of loop 5 when Emilynn Dibassie’s horse, Triumph’s Duke, was judged off in gait. McCamey Kimbler finished the ride on Faheem Star O Jaaz near 11pm with an average speed of 14.603kph.

Young riders were invited to compete from France, Belgium, Finland, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, USA, Slovakia, Spain, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “The ride was a great success and full credit goes to the supervision of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.”

Top ten Results:

The eight other riders who finished in the top ten also won Nissan Patrol 4WD cars for their effort.

1. Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum (UAE) Shaddad, 06hrs 04mins 54 secs
2. Madhu Singh Sumer Singh (IND) Mustafa, 6:06.01
3. Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE) Al Theeb, 6:24.16
4. Raed Mahmood (BRN) Poly De Coat Frity, 6:43.09
5. Mohammed Hilal Al Khatri (BRN) Waterlea Dawn Treader, 6:43.10
6. Saeed Abdullah bin Huzaim (UAE) Until De Minuit, 6:44.52
7. Ali Mohammed Ali Al Hosani (UAE) Woodbourne Star Flash, 6:49.13
8. Khalfan Salman Hassan Al Sabri (UAE) My Lords Elisha, 6:49.14
9. Fatma Jassem Saeed Al Marri (UAE) Derrom Rommel, 6:54.59
10. Asma Khalid Ibrahim Al Kassim (UAE) Oso Feisty Echo, 6:55.01

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 Partner, IPIC as Strategic Partner, 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 with and sponsored by 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, Viola Communications, 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 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
~ report by Sataya