Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bahrain: Al Dossary and Clavez triumph

January 13, 2013

GHAZI Al Dossary and Manon Clavez raced to victory in their respective categories in the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Seniors Rides held at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

More than 50 riders from all over Bahrain competed in the third endurance event of the 2012-13 season, organised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef).

It featured two rides over 120 kms and 80 ams, in addition to a senior race that saw Al Asayel Stable riders win all three podium places.

The 120-km ride was divided into five stages, starting with 30 kms for the first two stages and 20 kms each for the third to fifth stages.

In this event, Royal Endurance Team's Al Dossary steered Larzak to victory. The Al Raood Stable rider completed the five-stage ride with a total time of five hours, four minutes and 17 seconds.


He was followed by Raed Mahmood (5:14:36) of Al Khalidiya Stable on Derram while another Al Raood Stable entrant Mohammed Al Thawadi (5:21:26) rounded off the podium by coming third on Kintamani.

Al Asayel Stable dominated the senior ride, which also covered 120 kms, as Mohammed Al Khatry completed the race ahead of teammates Fahad Sulaiman and Salem Sabt.

All three received brand new cars, donated by Breef president, Al Khalidiya Stable captain and event patron Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

In the 80 kms ride, Al Shawamek Stable rider Manon clinched first place on Musical Gully Pizzecato with a total ride time of three hours, 49 minutes and 26 seconds. Her average speed was 21-km per hour.

Behind her was Sumer Singh (3:40:33) of the Royal Endurance Team, in second place, with an average speed of 23-km per hour.

Third overall was Yaqoub Yousef (3:40:41)with an average speed of 21-km per hour, ahead of Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (4:21:19) riding Ghanda with an average speed of 18-km per hour.

The race was flagged off by Shaikh Nasser Media and Information Centre director Tawfeeq Al Salhi in presence of Breef officials.

Following the race, the top three riders were honoured by Royal Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Khalid.

Both Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid congratulated the winners in yesterday's events and wished others the best of luck in future races. Shaikh Nasser also lauded the level of competition.

The 2012-12 endurance season got underway on November 17 with an 80-km qualifying ride. It was followed by the Breef Season Opening Ride on December 1.

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