European Team Success in Nations Cup at Euston Park
Attention on day three of The HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival turned to CEI rides over 120Km and 80Km, with young rider classes as well as senior in both distances, held on August 18. For the second day running the team competition, this time in the CEIO2* (Nations Cup) presented by Longines, was gripping, with many possible outcomes. It was France that secured gold place followed by Spain and then Belgium.
In the individual CEIO2*, Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi (UAE, below)) came home first on As Banderazo in a total ride time of 04:38:30. He was presented with a Longines HydroConquest watch by Benjamin Aeby, International Sponsorship and Events Manager, Longines.
Mohamed Aida riding Akaban Des Oliviers finished second (4:52:32) followed by Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi on Kalody Park Rockin Robin (04:55:05).
The CEIYJ2* 120Km sponsored by Azizi, was won by Abdulla Ali Mohamed Ali Alamri riding Longrun Mikami in a total time of 04:47:51. Rashid Humaid Saeed Al Ghandi riding Ashva Kunama (04:47:51) and Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Al Mazrouei on Tami Du Durzon (04:48:47) finished second and third respectively.
In the CEI1* 80Km Sponsored by Mubadala, Khalaf Ahmad Saeed Al Ghaith (UAE) was victorious on Lauralyn Kasey in a total ride time of 03:07:16.
In second place Amy Louise Mcauley riding Marshdale Cheeky Lad (03:07:24) followed by Meike Fickenscher on Yourmystar (03:30:45).
The CEIYJ1* 80Km, sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One, made it four from four for the UAE, with Zayed Ghanim Mohammad Al Marri (below) finishing in a total ride time of 03:22:16 on Netanya Al Ain. While Maitha Mohamed Humaid Mohamed Al Qubaisi finished second riding Tonki Dee Boo Matilda (03:22:24) and Manon Capitaine crossed in third mounting Farima de Bozouls (04:03:30).
There were 275 starters across the four classes and 159 finishers meaning a completion rate of 57% for the day.
Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We had a big day of competition here today and after such a fantastic European Championship yesterday it was incredible to see so many riders out again for a second day running. I was delighted to see Ireland’s Tom MacGuinness finish in 21st place in the CEIO2* leading the Irish team to fourth place in the Nations Cup, their first team competition at Euston Park. Having also come 11th in yesterday’s 160Km at the tender age of 69 - it’s a remarkable achievement.”
It was also heartening to see so many British riders competing again in all the divisions today and we look forward to welcoming 165 riders for the day of national rides tomorrow, bringing the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival to a close.”