Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bahrain: Abdulaziz and Al Mahlasi win

MOHAMMED Abdulaziz of Royal Endurance Team raced to victory in the 160-km event and Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Stable Mohammed Al Mahlasi finished first in the 120-km race of the Endurance Horseride Championship organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) yesterday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.The race was witnessed by His Majesty King Hamad who welcomed the Saudi team in Bahrain and thanked team sponsor Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, for his support.

There were 25 riders in the fray in each of the two events.

In the 160-km race, which was divided into six stages, Abdulaziz crossed the finish line first after a tough challenge from Al Fateh Stable rider Shaikh Salman bin Fares Al Khalifa who came second.

Shaikh Salman was followed by Breef first vice-president and Al Khaldiya Stable captain Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa in third position in this race which consisted of 30 kms for the first three stages, 25 kms for the fourth and fifth stages and 20 kms for the sixth and final stage.

Al Mahlasi proved too good in the 120-km event which was split into five stages, starting with 30 kms for the first two stages, 25 kms for the third, 20 kms for the fourth and 15 kms for the fifth.

The Saudi rider was followed by Abdulla Al Thawadi of Al Asayel Stable in second place while Noor Al Yousef, one of three women Saudi riders representing the Kingdom Stable, was third.

Breef president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who attended the event, presented the trophies to the winners at an awarding ceremony.

The race was also attended by UK Ambassador to Bahrain Jamie Bowden, Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and other officials.

Earlier, His Majesty was welcomed on arrival by National Guard commander Major General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid.

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