Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dubai: Hamdan Challenge brings curtain down on the season

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
Published: March 15, 2008, 00:10

Dubai: The Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge II, a 100-km National endurance ride today at the Dubai International Endurance City will bring the curtain down on the endurance season here in Dubai.

The ride, which is being held here for the second year, is open to riders from small stables and individual owners, is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.

Over 70 horses are expected to take part in the event.

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"A Nissan Patrol car is on offer to the winner of today's ride, which will be run in four loops of 31kms, 30kms, 27kms and 12kms. The total prize money on offer is Dh 550,000 and will be distributed among the top 20 finishers," said Ali Moosa Al Khamiri, General Manager of Dubai Equestrian Club.

"We thank Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his generous sponsorship.

"This ride is always popular as it gives the smaller owners - the private-owned stables and individuals - the chance to compete for the Dh550,000 prize-money on offer," he said.

Today's ride will be the last event to be held in Dubai at the Dubai International Endurance City.

Meanwhile most of the UAE's top riders are expected to take part in Sunday's endurance ride to be held in Bahrain.

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