Saturday, December 23, 2006

Abdulla, Layla race to victory

AL KHALDIYA Stable's Layla Al Ridha of the UAE notched the women's 80-km race while Abdulla Al Khatri of Al Asayel Stable took the 120-km junior competition of the Kingdom Endurance Horseride Championship at the Bahrain International Enudrance Village in Sakhir.

The women's race, which was divided into three stages, featured stiff competition among 15 riders, specially in the last stage as Layla crossed the finish line first in three hours 10 minutes 40 seconds.

Layla was ahead of her main opponents Maryam of Al Fateh Stable (3:15:57) who finished second and Royal Endurance Team rider Manal Fakhrawi (3:20:24) who came third.

Thirty riders were in the fray for the five-stage junior race which was won by Abdulla who completed the race in five hours, three minutes and 21 seconds after a tough battle with Royal Endurance Team members Mohammed Abdulaziz (5:03:30) and Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Khalifa (5:23:36) who were second and third respectively.

A 60-km qualifying race for new and young riders, was also included in the event with 15 riders in the fray.

The championship was held under the patronage of Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, chairman of event sponsors Kingdom Holding Company and attended by Kingdom Stable director Najeeb Al Burjus who flagged off the race and honoured the top three riders in each category at the presentation ceremony.

Al Burjus congratulated the winners and praised the efforts of the organisers and the impressive number of riders in all three races, specially in the women's event which was organised for the first time.

Al Burjus thanked Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who gave his directives to host this race.
Gulf Daily News Article

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