Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bahrain: Royal Team six set for 160km race

SIX riders will represent the Royal Endurance Team at the 160-km Endurance Horseride Championship scheduled for Saturday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The team will be captained by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and includes Yousef Taher, Fahad Ismail, Raed Mahmood Ghazi Al Dossary and Abdulhaq Qadoori.

Team veteran Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, who was part of the Bahrain team at the Asian Games endurance event in Doha where he came seventh overall, will not take part in this championship.

Team manager Dr Khalid Ahmed Hassan said the team have been training daily near the venue and the riders are excited to take part in this race which will be the season's longest event.

The race will be divided into six stages with 30 kms for the first three stages, 25 kms for the fourth and fifth stages while the last stage is over 20 kms.

Dr Hassan said the team will not participate in the other race which will be over 120 kms to give the opportunity to other stables to take part in this race.

The 120-km event will be split into five stages, including 30 kms for the first two stages, 25 kms for the third, 20 kms for the fourth and 15 kms for the fifth.
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