Tuesday, March 04, 2008

UAE: Al Subose rides Zephyr to glory

Gulf News article
photo: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News -
Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Marzouki finishes the white loop at the Boutheib endurance village, Al Khatem in Abu Dhabi.

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
Published: March 02, 2008, 00:09

Abu Dhabi: Mohammad Ahmad Ali Al Subose, one of the most promising riders in the UAE, scored a dramatic win in the 120-km Abu Dhabi International Cup at the Boutheib Endurance Village in Al Khatem.

Al Subose, who won a bronze medal and was a member of the team gold at the Pan Arab Games in Cairo late last year, in fact finished third in Saturday's ride but the top two riders were eliminated after their horses failed the final vet check, leaving the youngster with a 4WD and the winner's position on the podium.

Al Subose on 10-year-old Part Arab gelding Zephyr completed the five-stage ride in 5 hrs 30 mins and 49 seconds with cousin Ahmad Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose on Wyman finishing second to complete a brilliant 1-2 for the Dubai-based Emirates Stables.

The finish was dramatic as the leaderboard at the penultimate stage was completely different from those on the podium. The man in hot form, Yousef Ahmad Al Beloushi on Set Sail led in the third and fourth loops but had to make an exit and that allowed Naser Abdullah Mohammad Al Marzouqi on Magic Glenn Aaron to finish ahead of Khalid Abdul Rahim Al Hammadi from Al Reef Stables. However both the riders were out of the reckoning as their horses failed to pass the final vet check.

Very happy

However, Al Subose's triumph in the end more than made up for Naser's exit as both hail from Emirates Stables. "This is my first win for this season and though it has come late I am very happy," said Al Subose, who was also a member of the UAE junior team which won silver at the World Junior and Young Riders championship held in Argentina last year.

Al Subose, who was 14th after the first 30kms and 13th after the second loop of 30kms, moved into eighth place after the third stage of 24kms. At the end of 104kms (fourth loop) he was placed fifth but his well-paced ride seemed to help when he completed the race with Zephyr to win the Nissan car.

"Midway through the ride my friend predicted I will win though at that stage there were quite a few good riders ahead of me. His prediction came true and I have to give him a big treat," said the winner.

Mohammad Saif Al Neyadi, General Manager of Emirates Heritage Club, gave out the trophies.

1. Mohammad Ahmad Ali Al Subose (Zephyr) 5 hrs 30 mins 49 secs;
2. Ahmad Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose (Wyman) 5:39.37;
3. Matar Ghanem Al Mansoori (Silver Mistral) 5:45.35;
4. Ahmad Salah Abdullah Ameera (Quartzz) 5:48.07;
5. Maktoum Nawab Al Beloushi (Worthalook) 5:48.21

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