7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Sports News

Al Dossary claims endurance win

AL RU'OOD Stables rider Ghazy Al Dossary won the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Horseride Championship yesterday.

The event was organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) and was successfully held in the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Al Dossary clinched first place after finishing the race in four hours 49 minutes and four seconds. He competed with an average speed of 24km/h.

Al Zaeem Stables riders Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Ali Al Ka'aby placed second and third, respectively.

The winners were awarded their respective trophies by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee president and Bahrain Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa; along with Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman, Bahrain Athletics Association president, and Al Khalidiya Stables captain Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid were accompanied by Breef president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser also praised UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for attending the event, assuring that his presence had a positive impact on all the riders' performances.

He also hailed the directives of His Majesty King Hamad and Sheikh Mohammed, stating that their support formed a major motivation for endurance sports in Bahrain and the UAE, especially in gaining numerous regional and international accomplishments.

Shaikh Nasser also appreciated the high technical level of the participants despite the rainy weather. He added: "The championship was a success due to the great efforts paid by the organising committees and the strong competition between the participants, especially local stables riders who bagged the top positions."

On his part, Shaikh Khalid valued the attendance of the Dubai Ruler, saying: "Sheikh Mohammed's attendance encouraged the participating riders to give their best, which resulted in a great championship."

He continued: "The participating riders' performances today and in the previous races were honorable; it indicates that the upcoming races of the season will witness higher levels of competency."

Shaikh Faisal also stated that the race was a success, owing it to the continuous support and directives of Shaikh Nasser.

Meanwhile, amongst the different stables' race results, Al Asayel Stables rider Khamis Jamal won first position, finishing in 05:05:45. He was followed by Mohammed Abdulsamad in second place and Raed Mahmood in third.

N13 Stables rider Ali Al Ka'aby showed a great performance by achieving first position in three stages of the race, achieving 01:13:59 in the first stage and finishing the second and third stages in 01:12:55 and 01:00:08.

The remaining two stages were bagged by winner Al Dossary, who went on to triumph following legs of 00:47:46 and 00:32:26.

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