Al-Ru­maihi wins on open­ing day

In the Small Tour, Mo­hammed Ab­dulla Juma came out on top with mare Venda F

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter

Mubarak Yousuf al-Ru­maihi emerged tri­umphant in the Medium Tour class as the sec­ond sea­son of Hathab Eques­trian Se­ries kicked off yes­ter­day.

At Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion’s In­door Arena, al-Ru­maihi guided his 16-year-old geld­ing Vi­valdi K to vic­tory af­ter a flaw­less round, which the pair com­pleted in 39.01secs. Nasser al-Ghaz­ali (Colibri 19) was sec­ond fol­lowed by Saeed Nasser al-Qadi (Day­dreamer EC) in third. The Medium Tour at­tracted a whop­ping 33 rid­ers, which shows how much Hathab has gained in pop­u­lar­ity since it was launched a year ago.

Al-Ru­maihi’s tri­umph also led Al Salam to top place fin­ish in the team event, ahead of Al Shaqab and Al Kass. The team event has been in­tro­duced this year to en­gage com­mu­nity and busi­nesses in the eques­trian se­ries.

Each team con­sists of three rid­ers and they rep­re­sent one of the fol­low­ing spon­sors: Al Salam (main spon­sor), Exxon Mo­bil, Al Kass, Al Shaqab, QNB, Lu­sail and Power Steel.

In the Small Tour, Mo­hammed Ab­dulla Juma came out on top with 16-year-old mare Venda F in 41.99secs. Saeed Ha­mad alRashdi (Graf­fiti De Lully CH) was sec­ond, while Mo­hammd Salem al-Marri (Gin Tonic Van De Kra­nen­burg) took third placed.

A brain­child of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Ha­mad al-Thani, Pres­i­dent of the Qatar Olympic Com­mit­tee, Hathab was a run­away suc­cess in its in­au­gu­ral sea­son. The sec­ond sea­son will also con­sist of 12 legs and will be held al­ter­na­tively at Al Shaqab or Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion, the joint or­gan­is­ers of the se­ries.

The QR1mn se­ries pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young rid­ers from Qatar to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and test them­selves against other best tal­ents in the coun­try. Like last year, the re­sults of each leg will be used in the se­lec­tion process of rid­ers to rep­re­sent Qatar in fu­ture in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

RE­SULTS In­di­vid­ual Medium Tour: Ta­ble A, Spe­cial Two Phases 120/130cm. Prize Money: QR20,000

1. Mubarak Yousuf al-Ru­maihi. Horse: Vi­valdi K. Time: 39.01secs. Prize money: QR5,000

2. Nasser al-Ghaz­ali. Colibri 19. 40.19secs. QR4,000

3. Saeed Nasser al-Qadi. Day­dreamer EC. QR: QR3,000

Team Medium Tour:

1. Al Salam – Mubarak Yousuf al-Ru­maihi (Vi­valdi K0) Mo­hammed al-Ghaz­ali (Ale­gro 84); Khal­ifa Ab­dulla al-Khaldi (Fan­tas­tique). To­tal time: 79.29 secs. Prize money: QR10,000.

2. Al Shaqab –Saeed Nasser al-Qadi (Day­dreamer EC), Mo­hammed Sul­tan al-Suwaidi (Nu­mero Uno T); Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi (Con­cor­diva Vh Wil­gen­hof). To­tal time: 81.27 secs. Prize money: QR6,000.

3. Al Kass –Nasser al-Ghaz­ali (Colibri); Ali Mo­hammed al-Marri (Fern­hill Friendly Touch); Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al­baker (Cir­cus). To­tal Time: 82.09secs. Prize money: QR4,000

In­di­vid­ual Small Tour: Ta­ble A, One round against the clock. Prize money: QR10,000

1. Mo­hammed Ab­dulla Juma (Venda F) Time: 41.99secs. Prize money: QR2,500

2. Saeed Ha­mad al-Rashdi (Graf­fiti De Lully CH) Time: 42.04secs. Prize money: QR2,000

3. Mo­hammd Salem al-Marri (Gin Tonic Van De Kra­nen­burg). Time: 43.30secs. Prize money: QR1,500

TO­DAY’S SCHED­ULE

9am: Fu­ture rid­ers class (for un­der12) Op­ti­mum Time 70/85cm.

10:30am: Be­gin­ner Rid­ers: Ta­ble A, One round against the clock 85/100cm

3pm: Open Class Ta­ble A, One round against the clock 115/125cm. Prize money: QR15,000

5:30pm: Big Tour Ta­ble A, One round against the clock 130/145cm. (6-12 years); QR35,000

PIC­TURE:

Medium Tour win­ner Mubarak Yousuf al-Ru­maihi (rear, cen­tre), run­ner-up Nasser al-Ghaz­ali (rear, left) and third-placed Saeed Nasser al-Qadi (rear, right) pose with of­fi­cials at Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion’s In­door Arena yes­ter­day. Lotfi Garsi

Mo­hammed Ab­dulla Juma won the Small Tour class with Venda F.

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