(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ahmed Mohammed Al Jaber completed a hat-trick of wins as he guided Omani Quandara to victory in the Shaikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for private-owned horses at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.
The CEN 100 kms was run in four phases of 33kms, 27 kms, 24 kms, and 16 kms. It drew 67 riders. Al Jaber had won the previous two editions of the competitions.
Shaikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan gave away the prizes. Also present were Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing, Stephen Bowey, Executive Director (corporate development) Invest AD, and Saif Al Awani, managing director of Al Awani.
The total prize money on offer was Dhs half-million including a car for the winner.
Nineteen-year-old Jaber completed the ride with a time of three hours, 46 minutes and nine seconds with an average speed of 26.531 kmph. It was seven-year gelding Omani Quandara's first and the winning horse belongs to Al Jaber Stables.
Jaber, who finished first in the first stage, never looked back and went on to win the remaining three stages to emerge a comfortable winner.
"It was a quite a tough ride as it attracted new stables also who have strong horses ," said Al Jaber.
Mansour Ibrahim Ahmed, who was riding Rezongo El 1 finished second clocking 3.50.34 with an average speed of26.023 kmph while Azaam Aref Own Al Kahtheeri timed 3:50.34 on Capa Negrafrom Al Ain Endurance Stables to take the third spot.
The fourth place went to lady rider Layla Abdul Aziz Al Redha who partnered Waleed (AE) from Al Giyad Stables. She clocked a time of 3. 56.23, followed by Yousif Mohammed Hassan Al Hammadi (3.56.24) on Nara from Al Rawahel Private Stables.
1. Ahmed Mohammed Al Jaber (Omani Quandara from Al Jaber Stables) 3.46.09
2. Mansour Ibrahim Ahmed (Rezongo El 1 from Al Kamda Stables) 03.50.34
3. Azaam Aref Own Al Kahtheeri (Capa Negra from Al Ain Endurance Stables) 3.50.37
4. Layla Abdul Aziz Al Redha (Waleed (AE) from Al Giyad Stables) 3.56.23
5. Yousif Mohammed Hassan Al Hammadi (Nara from Al Rawahel Private Stables) 3.56.24