Monday, January 30, 2006

Qatar: Gulfcoast GCC: Beer edges out Saqer for title



Beer edges out Saqer for titlePublished: Monday, 30 January, 2006, 09:06 AM Doha Time

Ata Mohammed Beer edged out Sheikh Salman bin Saqer al-Khalifa by a whisker while claiming the top honours in the senior category of the Qatar GCC Open Endurance Ride held at the Endurance Village at Mesaieed, Sealine on Saturday.
Ata Mohammed astride Dou Park Brolga, a pure Arabian 11 year old chestnut horse, finished the gruelling 120 km race in 6hrs04min41 secs while Sheikh Saqer riding Bedouin De Pibpul was just a shade behind completing the race in 6hrs 04min 44secs. Fahad Hamad al-Athba atop the 11-year-old Anglo-Arab chestnut horse Tequila took the third place ahead of Mesfer Fahad al-Hajri astride Redah. The former finished with a timing of 6hrs09min.55secs, while the latter took a time of 6hrs12min.03secs.
In the junior category, Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain?s Mohammed Abdulsamad astride Callan Stardancer was a clear winner with a smart timing of 6hrs13min.15secs. Abdullah Towaim al-Marri riding Pasha was 3min.20secs behind in second, while Abdulla al-Khatri took the third place clocking a time of 6hrs 30min.46secs.
Abdulsamad riding the 10-year-old chestnut horse was lying 15th and then ninth at the end of the first and second vet gates, but improved to fourth in the third and made up enough time to finish first after the fourth and fifith stages to emerge champion.

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