Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bahrain: Royal Team aim to dominate ride

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said he is confident of his side's ability to dominate races and eventually win them.

Shaikh Nasser was talking ahead of the National Day Endurance Horseride Championship to be held on Saturday.

A strong field of riders from the different stables are due to compete in the second event of the season, to be held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, beginning at 6am.

"Our team is keen to participate in all endurance rides this year, especially this event which marks our debut this season," said Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

Saturday's ride is organised as part of Bahrain's National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.

"This annual championship is one of the major events being organised every season and has a special place in the hearts of all Bahraini riders taking part," said Shaikh Nasser.

"We all believe that this season will be an exceptional one and we are all excited to see many new riders taking to the sport."

Shaikh Nasser highlighted the thrilling battle during the first ride of the season last week which was for Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad All Khalifa Trophy.

"Saturday's ride will feature entries from all over Bahrain with most of the local stables all ready to go racing. It will be a season to remember and I hope my team can live up to this challenge," said Shaikh Nasser.


Al Asayel Stable's prominent rider Khalid Al Khatry said his team is ready for Saturday's championship, adding that the riders have reached peak form following the recently concluded season opener.

The veterinary committee, meanwhile, has approved the timetable of its veterinary examination, which gets underway at 4pm and continues till 5.30am.

The championship's media committee, headed by Tawfiq Salehi, announced that Bahrain TV Sports Channel would provide live telecast of the ride.

The decision was announced after Salehi's meeting with officials from the channel, being represented by Sami Yaqoob, Mohammed Jameel, Mohammed Al Shoumeli, Ali Al Shoumeli, Hamad Ramadan and Hussain Al Aradi.

Endurance horse ride fans can also follow the action with updated results available on the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's website

The ride will cover a total distance of 120 kms and is divided into five stages. The first and second stages will be over 30 kms each. The third will be over 25 kms, the fourth over 20 kms and the fifth over 15 kms.

A three-stage 80-km qualifying ride is also set to take place on the same day. It will be open for new riders seeking experience.

This ride consists of 30 kms in the first two stages while the third will be over 20 kms.

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