Friday, March 17, 2006

Shaikh Khalid races to victory

SHAIKH Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Farhoz De Paute to victory in the senior section while Amur Al Muammry notched the junior title in the 120-km Bahrain Open Endurance Championship yesterday at the Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.

Shaikh Khalid, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef)acting president and Al Khaldia stable captain, showed great stamina and control to win this race in five hours, 45 minutes and three seconds for an average of 26.64 kms per hour.

The Breef chief was followed by Jaber Al Dosseri of Al Talia Stable who completed the race on Omsura Nasrohn in 5:48:02 in second place and Fahad Ismail was third on Aloha Shiralee in 5:59:21. 20.

Amur of Al Asayel Stable followed suit to win the junior race, which was also over 120 kms, clocking 6:17:48 on Princess. He was ahead of Royal Endurance Team riders Jaffar Mirza who steered Jamil to second place in 6:20:00 and Ebrahim Al Rumeihi who came third on Hard in 6:35:30.

A number of GCC riders from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia also took part in the race but were unable to complete the event which was the third on the federation's calendar this season.

The General Organisation for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa flagged off the race at the Endurance Village gate.

The event was also attended by Breef endurance committee chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, who honoured the top three riders in the seniors race, while Shaikh Khalid honoured the winners in the junior section.

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