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Endurance race under way in Kentucky

September 27, 2010

Endurance competitors are enjoying perfect weather conditions on their 160km course so far at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Kentucky turned noticeably chillier overnight and the current temperature is about 60 degrees, but the cooler weather is ideal for the Endurance challenge, and horses were looking happy, keen and comfortable as they set off.

The endurance result will be known by about 7pm tonight local time, but the medals will not be presented until Monday morning, after the Best Condition Award has also been decided at 10.30am.

They're off!: The start of the endurance race with the eventual winner, Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton and Nobby, in blue at the front. © Kit Houghton/FEI

By the time the endurance horses arrived at Gate 1 this morning the team from the United Arab Emirates - Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (SAS Alexis), Sheikh Majid Mohammed Al Maktoum (Kango D'Aurabelle) and Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum (Rukban Dikruhu Mmn) - had posted a combined time of 04:34.53 and were leading the team rankings ahead of the USA in second and Bahrain in third.

But by the time riders came in for the third loop the US had dropped out, with two team riders gone - Jan Worthington's horse was lame and Lindsay Graham's for metabolics.

At the third loop Spain's Maria Alverez Ponton has a 12-second lead.



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