April 12, 2009
MELAKA, April 12 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin finished third in the 80km ride on the closing day of the Melaka Grand Invitational Endurance Ride (MGIER) 2009 at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong today.
Adorning number 77, the Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES) horseman, who rode "Jakim Murphy", ended the race in 5hr 5mins 55 secs.
Only 14 of 26 participants completed the race which was won by another RTES horseman, Mohd Nizan Muda, who mounted "Camelot Retreat Basha".
He crossed the finishing line in 4hr 55mins 35secs ahead of runners-up Master Scaff's Mohd Shahlan Hamzi Mohd Noor, who astride "Duke" (5hr 24secs).
Riders from Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Germany, the United States and host Malaysia vied for the titles in the 40km, 80km and 120km endurance races.
In the 120km event, a State of Terengganu Endurance Team rider Wan Mohd Kamaluddin Wan Yusuff clocked 9hr 13mins 55secs to emerge winner by a whisker by astriding "Idais Tobiha".
Mounting "Two Step", Raja Adib Raja Mahmood of Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Club finished a close second by merely two seconds behind the winner.
Tuanku Mizan's children, Tengku Muhammad Ismail and Tengku Nadhirah Zahrah took part in the 40km event.
Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam gave away the prizes.