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Cash bonanza for top 10 riders

Cash prizes will be given away to the top 10 finishers of the Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship, according to directives of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The championship, which begins tomorrow at 5.45am at the endurance village, is being organised by Breef and sponsored by Batelco and will be held for three categories - a 120km race for seniors, an 80km qualifying race and a 60km qualifying race.

The winner of the 120km race, which will be divided into five stages, will be richer by BD3,500, with BD2,500 going to the second placed rider, and third-place finisher getting BD2,000.

The prize money for the other seven places are as follows:

BD1,500 (4th), BD1,300 (5th), BD1,100 (6th), BD1,000 (7th), BD800 (8th), BD700 (9th) and BD600 (10th).

BREEF committee head Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa added that other cash prizes have also been allocated to riders who complete the following distances - BD300 for 120km, BD200 (85km) and BD150 (60km).

The event is open to all categories of horses that included juniors, adults and qualifiers. Veterinary tests for the horses must be completed before the race begins with the first two stages covering 30km each, the third 25km, fourth 20km and the final stage 15km.

Stables in the kingdom have made their preparations for the event with 40 riders representing 20 stables taking part in the 120km event for adults including Royal Endurance Team, Al Khalidiyah stable, Al Talia stable, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid AL Khalifa, Ahmed Al Fateh stable, Al Asayel Stable, Bahrain Riding School, Ministry of Interior and many others. Ten riders will be taking part in the 80km qualifying race and 21 taking the start in the 60km race.

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