Friday, May 06, 2005
QATARI rider Abdulla Al Mirri clinched the seniors race and Shaikh Saqer bin Khalid Al Khalifa the juniors title in the season-ending Endurance Horseride Championship at the Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.
His Majesty Shaikh Hamad witnessed a section of the race and hailed Bahrain efforts in hosting such top-level endurance races.
Abdulla clocked four hours, 37 minutes and 14 seconds in the four-stage event over 100 competitors. More than 45 riders from Bahrain and other GCC countries took part in this race.
Saleh Al Katheer (4:43:36) of Saudi Arabia was second and Qatar's Ahmed Al Malki (3:33:59) third.
Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (Breef) first vice-president and Al Khaldiya team leader Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa finished sixth.
Breef president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa pulled out of the race after the second stage when his horse Free Lance failed to pass the veterinary examination.
A total of 28 riders took part in the five-stage 120-km juniors race which was won by Shaikh Saqer of Ahmed Al Fateh Stable. He finished the race in six hours, 23 minutes and 35 seconds. Shaikh Saqer was followed by Mohammed Al Thawadi (6:44:50) of Al Asayel Stable in second place and Khalid Al Attiya (7:04:31) of Qatar was third.
By Steph - May 06, 2005
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