British and European riders were shut out of the placings at the 2* 120km endurance ride at Royal Windsor, with the Middle East filling the first nine placings.
Just over half of the 52 starters from a record 13 nations finished the ride.
The honours went to Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui of the UAE riding Ramaah, in a time of 04:41:27, almost six minutes clear of the second placed rider, Mohammed Adbulsamad from Bahrain on Derrom Galiem, who was just one second ahead of third placed Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum on Intisaar, also from the UAE.
The best placed European finisher was Spain’s Juan Carlos Ruiz de Villa Fernandez, riding Ballantine 50 into ninth.
Ramaah’s trainer, Ismael Mohammed, said: “It is a really good result for the UAE, starting off the summer season with this win. We came here with good horses and we were hoping for this result.”
The Australian bred Ramaah is a 12-year-old anglo-arabian gelding, bred at the famous Crabbet arabian stud of Fenwick near Melbourne. Ramaah was formerly named Fenwick Sunset Tryst, and is by the Sindh son Fenwick Rendezvous and from the thoroughbred mare Sunset Field by Zegna, a son of Vain.
Riders set off into Windsor Great Park to complete four loops, and a total distance of 120km. The course included the home straight of Ascot Racecourse on loop one, and several picturesque landmarks and backdrops throughout. Despite the recent torrential rain, conditions out on the course were excellent and the average speed of Al Mozroui was a brisk 25.6kph.
Royal Windsor Endurance Director Michael Shephard said the weather was kind and the competition as “fierce as ever”. The competition is in its fourth year.
“We are very pleased to have hosted another successful ride in this beautiful setting, and delighted to have had more countries than ever on the start line.”
The 27th and final finisher crossed the line in 8:56.53.