Monday, January 30, 2006

Mohammed lifts junior Doha title

BAHRAINI rider Mohammed Abdulsamad notched the juniors title while Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa finished second in the seniors at the second GCC Endurance Championship held yesterday in Doha.

More than 80 riders from the GCC took part in this one-day event which was over 120 kms and divided into five stages.

Mohammed, the Royal Endurance Team member, steered Callan Stardancer to win the race in six hours 13 minutes 15 seconds ahead of Qatari favourite Abdulla Al Marri (6:16:35) who settled for second position on Pasha.

The Bahraini team riders dominated the juniors section winning the third, fourth and sixth positions through Mohammed Abdulaziz, Jaffer Mirza and Salem Al Otaibi respectively.

In the seniors race, Shaikh Salman was runner up on Bedouin De Piboul, three seconds behind Qatari winner Ata Mohammed who was riding Dou Park Brolga. Shaikh Salman's mount also won the best 'health status' award.

Fahad Al Athba of Qatar finished third, Misfir Al Hajri of Qatar fourth and Bahrain's Yousef Taher fifth on Majhool Al Shaqab.

The event was held under the patronage of Endurance Committee head at the Qatari Equestrian and Endurance Association Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani who honoured the winners at the prize-distribution ceremony.

Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation first vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who headed the delegation to Doha, congratulated the winners and praised their performance at the race.

"The Bahraini team members proved how much they have gained through their participation at many championships at regional and international levels such as last year's GCC Championship in Doha and the Shaikh Fahad Al Ahmed Race in Kuwait," said Shaikh Khalid.

He also said the Bahraini delegation had a comfortable stay in Doha and that the championship was a great success. Shaikh Khalid also lauded the abilities of the Qatari Equestrian and Endurance Association in providing the facilities and services for the participants.

Results (in order of country, horse, total time):

Juniors: 1 Mohammed Abdulsamad (Bahrain, Callan Stardancer, 6:13:15), 2 Abdulla Al Marri (Qatar, Pasha, 6:16:35), 3 Abdulla Al Khateri (Bahrain, Nekir Des Vernes, 6:30:46), 4 Mohammed Abdulaziz (Bahrain, Dirham El Oumzil, 6:43:13), 5 Jaffer Mirza (Bahrain, Muniki, 6:48:07), 6 Salem Al Otaibi (Bahrain, Al Fahd, 6:54:56).

Seniors: 1 Ata Mohammed (Qatar, Dou Park Brolga, 6:04:41), 2 Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa (Bahrain, Bedouin De Piboul, 6:04:44), 3 Fahad Al Athba (Qatar, Tequila, 6:09:55), 4 Mesfer Al Hajri (Qatar, Redah, 6:12:03), 5 Yousif Taher (Bahrain, Majhool Al Shaqab, 6:26:34), 6 Abdulhaq Qadouri (Bahrain, Farhoze De Paute, 6:26:36).

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