Sunday, January 21, 2007

UAE: Al Beloushi creates new record for 120-km three star ride

Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi with the trophy after winning the 120 KM Endurance ride at the Emirate International Endurance Village, at Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
By M. Satya Narayan, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi and his horse Jibbah Enog created a new record for a FEI CEI three-star ride here while winning the Damas Championship ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

Al Beloushi, while rewriting the record books, also notched up his second win of the current season while for his all-conquering Al Reef Stables it was their 6th in eight rides.

Al Beloushi and Enog bettered another Al Reef star, Jesus Manuel Berna's effort of 4 hrs 40 mins and 34 seconds in the recent National Day Cup ride.

They clocked 4hrs 39 mins 10 secs as they recorded an average speed of 25.79 kmph yesterday.

"I was very confident as my horse has a good record.

"In fact after the first two loops I knew I was going to win," said Al Beloushi, who is a rider-trainer with the Al Reef Stables at their Al Ain yard.

"However I was determined to break the record once I knew Jibbah Enog was in good condition.

"I am glad I could do it," said the ace rider, who finished third in last year's overall ranking after the 2005-06 season.

In fact Al Beloushi and Berna were locked in a battle for supremacy until the third stage, with Berna leading after the second.

But Al Beloushi moved up after that to take the lead and then break away from Spain's Maria Alvarez Ponton, who finished second on Gelinote 11. Maria has also been having a very good season and has emerged as the top lady rider so far with some superb finishes in the top five.

Salem Rashed Bin Ghadayer on Dalton Du Capimont finished third in the ride in which over 100 riders took part.

The ride, with Dh400,000 on offer was sponsored by Damas Group.

Mohammad Tamjid of Damas Group, Hussain Mohammad Hussain of UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation and Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club gave away the trophies.

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