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2008 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

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Hasan bin Ali and Blackheath Kira

Sh Majid bin Mohd Al Maktoum and Omani Iman

Jaume Punti Dachs and Don Sala

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Results - Top Twenty Finishers

Rider Horse Ride Time
1 Hassan bin Ali (UAE) Blackheath Kira 04:37:04
2 Sh Majid bin Mohd Al Maktoum (UAE) Omani Iman 04:40:39
3 Jaume Punti Dachs (SPA) Don Sala 04:46:05
4 Yahya Sughayer Kanoon Al Ajtabi (UAE) Classy 04:54:04
5 Sher Sing Rewat Singh (IND) Elphyn Phoxx 04:54:07
6 Buti Ali Saif Ali Al Nuaimi (UAE) IFO Pedrito 05:07:37
7 Dalpat Singh Ganpat Singh (IND) Brodwinn Ellen 05:07:38
8 Sh Juma Dalmook Juma (UAE) Henley Farm Kibaal 05:14:58
9 Naser Abdulla Mohd Al Marzouqi (UAE) Magic Glenn Aaron 05:25:22
10 Faizal Turkomani (KSA) Zeen 05:25:23
11 Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subos (UAE) EO Fawati 05:28:57
12 Hamad Mohd Al Ahbabi (UAE) EO Kitaba 05:28:59
13 Mohd Ahmad Ali Al Subose (UAE) Kazam Des Baucels 05:29:08
14 PIO Juan Miguel Olasoaga Amaya (URU) Fino 05:29:09
15 Ali Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) Amira Kel 05:39:10
16 Abdulla Thani bin Huzaim (UAE) Moro Karlov 05:39:13
17 Noresh Chandra (BAN) Waterlea Tuppence 05:46:20
18 Iqbal Karim Ikramul Haque (BAN) Breeze 05:46:21
19 Kayleigh Smith (GBR) Teak 05:49:33
20 Yousif Abdulla Al Hammadi (UAE) RO Amapola 05:55:30

Gulf News Article - Full Story
Hassan clinches Book Fair-Sorouh Cup
By M. Satya Narayan, Staff Reporter
Published: January 19, 2008, 23:12

Abu Dhabi: Hassan Bin Ali, on Blackheath Kira, finished ahead of Shaikh Mayed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Omani Iman, to win the 120-km Abu Dhabi International Book Fair-Sorouh Cup endurance championship held at the Emirates International Endurance Village here on Saturday.

In a ride which saw a fast pace being set early by the two Beloushis, Omair and Yousuf, Hassan and Shaikh Mayed did well to finish just three minutes of each other in the five-loop 120-km event sponsored by Sorouh and Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Both Hassan and Shaikh Mayed were on the same horses in the National Day Cup ride, held at this very venue. Shaikh Mayed was third and Hassan Bin Ali was fifth in that ride held on December 15. While Omair Hussain Abdullah Al Beloushi retired his horse after the first stage, Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi's Estaban failed the vet check in the second stage.

Convincing winner

That left Hassan as the leader and he finished first in each of the four remaining loops to emerge a convincing winner. They recorded an average speed of just under 26km/h to complete the 120-km ride in 4 hours 37 minutes and 04 seconds. It was Hassan's second win this season. "It was a fast race and a tough one. The climate was good so it was helpful," said the winner.

Shaikh Mayed, who was seventh after the first stage, gradually moved up. Omani Iman has been a good partner for the Asian Games gold medallist as he won the Pan Arab Games individual gold in Cairo on the same horse.

Spanish star Jaume Punti Dachs, better known as Juma in the UAE, came in third. The silver medallist at last year's European Open Championship, Juma and his horse Don Sala finished third.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended yesterday's ride.