Al-Qadi rides St. Lu­cia to Big Tour vic­tory

In the Open Tour, Mo­hamed Said Haidan emerged tri­umphant with mare Ap­ple Bee

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter

Last sea­son’s over­all run­ner-up Ha­mad Nasser al-Qadi opened his Hathab cam­paign in style by clinch­ing the Big Tour class in the first leg of the sec­ond sea­son yes­ter­day.

At Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion’s In­door Arena, al-Qadi pi­loted his 16-year-old mare St. Lu­cia to a com­mand­ing vic­tory in the fea­ture event. Al-Qadi steered his horse in an im­pec­ca­ble fash­ion as the pair fin­ished their round in 62.60 sec­onds, a whop­ping nine sec­onds clear. Al-Qadi took home QR8,750 in prize money for his ef­fort.

The sec­ond place went to Ha­mad Towaim al-Marri astride Chin Van De Kra­nen­burg in 71.39secs, fol­lowed by Cyrine Cherif with Ger­lin Vd Waterkant in 72.63. Cherif man­aged to climb on top of podium de­spite a fault.

In the Open Tour, Mo­hamed Said Haidan emerged tri­umphant with his 13-year-old mare Ap­ple Bee. It was a com­fort­able win for Haidan, who brought home his ride in 50.3 sec­onds.

Mo­hamed Hazim Abara mount­ing Am­bre De Beau­four was al­most three sec­onds be­hind the win­ners for a sec­ond place fin­ish, while Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi took the third sport with Con­cor­diva Vh Wil­gen­hof.

The sec­ond round of Hathab se­ries will also be Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion on Oc­to­ber 26 and 27. 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 se­ries – worth QR1mn in over­all prize money – pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young rid­ers from Qatar to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and test them­selves against other best tal­ents in the coun­try over a gru­el­ing 12 legs, which is spread over six months.

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 Big Tour, Ta­ble A, One round against the clock, Art. 238.2.1, 130/145 cm. Prize Money: QR35,000

1. Ha­mad Nasser al-Qadi (St. Lu­cia). Time: 62.60secs. Prize money: QR8,750

2. Ha­mad Towaim al-Marri (Chin Van De Kra­nen­burg). 71.39secs. QR7,000

3. Cyrine Cherif (Ger­lin Vd Waterkant) 72.63. QR5,250.00

Open Tour, Ta­ble A, One round against the clock , Art. 238.2.1, 115/125 cm. Prize Money: QR15,000

1. Mo­hamed Said Haidan (Ap­ple Bee) Time: 50.03 secs. Prize money: QR3,750

2. Mo­hamed Hazim Abara (Am­bre De Beau­four) 53.27 secs. QR3,000 3. Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi (Con­cor­diva Vh Wil­gen­hof) 56.43. QR2,250

Fu­ture Rid­ers, One round against the clock , Art. 238.2.1, 85/100cm

1. Mut­laq Ali al-Ha­jri (Su­per Girl) Time: 30.17 secs,

2. Tamim Nasser al-Qadi (GK Aqueena) 32.49 secs

3. Shiekh Khalid Bin Ali al-Thani (Lough­na­tousa Rafa) 35.15

Fu­ture Rid­ers, Op­ti­mum Time, 70/85 cm

1. Barzan Az­zam Saleh (Ilse) Time: 51.83 secs,

2. Ab­dul­hadi Salah Alyafei (Friedrichshof Dark Dream) 51.58 secs.

3. Ahmed Jas­sim al-Suwaidi (Ziza) 50.61 secs.

PIC­TURES: Lotfi Garsi

Big Tour class win­ner Ha­mad Nasser al-Qadi (cen­tre), run­ner-up Ha­mad Towaim al-Marri (left) and third-placed Cyrine Cherif pose with their tro­phies dur­ing the Hathab Eques­te­rian Se­ries at Qatar Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion’s In­door Arena yes­ter­day.

Mo­hamed Said Haidan with his 13-year-old mare Ap­ple Bee.

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