Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bahrain: Al Hazza claims endurance ride



Gulf-daily-news.com

February 21, 2010

ISA Abdulla Al Hazza won the Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Cup yesterday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Al Hazza, riding CR Prince Charming and representing Ahmed Al Fateh Stable, was one of just three competitors to complete the gruelling 100-kilometre four-stage race, which was sponsored by Batelco and held under the patronage of Bahrain Olympic Committee president and Bahrain Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Al Hazza completed the ride in four hours 12 minutes and three seconds - finishing over 20 minutes ahead of runner-up Ali Abdulla Al Tamimi.

Al Hazza ended the opening two 30km stages of the event in third place, before moving up to second after the third and penultimate leg, which was over 24 kms.

The Bahraini then did well over the final 16 kms to take the lead and cruise to the finish with a top average speed of 23.80kph. Along with the gleaming winner's trophy, Al Hazza also drove away with a brand new 4x4 jeep.

Al Tamimi was the runner-up in 4:35:03. Riding Khoto and representing Al Asayel Stable, he started strong and held first place after the first three stages. He could not keep up the pace, however, and dropped off significantly in the last leg.

Abdulla Nasser Fahad Al Zabi claimed the final spot on the podium. Riding Al Fahd, the Al Muhqeerat Stable entrant clocked 4:44:30.

Penultimate

After starting off in the top eight, Al Zabi made his way into the leading three by the end of the penultimate stage, and maintained his position from there on.

Forty riders representing stables from across the kingdom took part in the event but only 12 remained by the start of the concluding leg.

Following the race, the top three were presented their respective trophies by Shaikh Nasser, along with Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Batelco consumer division general manager Mona Al Hashemi.

See photos by Osama Mohammed here.