Friday, January 11, 2013

Bahrain: Riders ready for endurance event - Full Article

January 11, 2013

PROMINENT riders from all around Bahrain have stepped up their preparations for the Khalid bin Hamad Seniors Rides, to be held tomorrow at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The third endurance event of the 2012/13 season will feature two rides, with the main race being over 120km. The other competition of the day is a qualifying ride which is over 80km.

Headed by event patron Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) has finalised all its arrangements for tomorrow's challenge.

Participants will come from different stables, with the Royal Team to be captained by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The Royal Team, one of the main contenders tomorrow, are expected to rise up to the occasion and secure podium finish. Other stables in the fray include Al Khalidiya, Al Shuwamekh, Al Mugheirat and Al Ruwaie Stable.

Royal Team manager Dr Khalid Ahmed Hassan said his riders have reached high level of fitness and readiness ahead of tomorrow's race, noting that the team had no break following the 2011/12 season and continued training for the new season championships.

Hassan said the Royal Team members look to continue their solid performances this year and achieve positive results throughout the races this season, which expects to be a well-contested one due to the noticeable improvement of most of the stables.

On his part, Al Shuwamekh Stable coach Jamal Al Dossary said he believes that tomorrow's ride will feature stiff battle among several riders and stables seeking glory, noting that the third race of the season promises to be a fast-paced ride from start to finish.

Al Dossary said his stable will introduce four riders tomorrow, namely Isa Amin, Abdulrahman Amin, Faisal Al Dossary and Abdulla Isa...

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