Al-Baker rides Cir­cus to glory

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter

Mo­hamed Khal­ifa al-Baker clinched the Medium Tour ti­tle in the third leg of the Hathab Eques­trian Se­ries yes­ter­day. At Al Shaqab’s in­door arena, al-Baker mar­shalled his 13-year-old chest geld­ing Cir­cus to fastest time of 34.75 sec­onds in 1.20/1.30 class.

Al-Baker’s time was al­most three sec­onds faster than run­ner-up Saeed Nasser al-Qadi, who came home with Day­dreamer EC in 37.89 secs. The third place went to Sal­man Mo­hammed al-Emadi and Eglan­tine du Castelet, the pair tim­ing 38.86 secs.

In the team event, Al Shaqab took the Medium Tour hon­ours. The trio of Mo­hamed Sul­tan al-Suwaidi, Saeed Nasser al-Qadi and Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi tal­lied a com­bined time of 149.93 secs, which was enough for Al Shaqab to fin­ish first.

ExxonMo­bil (Khe­jaim Faraj alMarri, Mo­hamed Ab­dulla Juma, Faleh Suwayed al-Ajami) came sec­ond, fol­lowed by Al Salam (Mubarak Yousuf al-Ru­maihi, Mo­hamed al-Ghaz­ali, Khal­ifa Ab­dulla al-Khaldi).

In the Small Tour, Khal­ifa Ab­dulla al-Khaldi emerged tri­umphant with 150-year-old Mare Dusty, with the pair clock­ing the fastest time in 52.43 secs. Khalid Mo­hamed al-Emadi (Dolce Vita M) was sec­ond, with Ali Mo­hamed al-Qadi (Hen­rico) fin­ish­ing third.

An ini­tia­tive 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 gru­elling 12 legs, which is spread over six months.

Re­sults Medium Tour, Ta­ble A, One round with jump-off (Teams & Ind) 120/130cm.

1. Mo­hamed Khal­ifa al-Baker (Cir­cus). Times: 34.74 secs. Prize money: QR5,000

2. Saeed Nasser al-Qadi (Dady­dreamer EC). 37.89 secs. QR 4,000

3. Sal­man Mo­hamed al-Emadi (Eglan­tine du Castelet) 38.86 secs. QR3,000 Medium Tour (Team)

1. Al Shaqab (Mo­hamed Sul­tan al-Suwaidi, Saeed Nasser al-Qadi, Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi)

2. ExxonMo­bil (Khe­jaim Faraj al-Marri, Mo­hamed Ab­dulla Juma, Faleh Suwayed al-Ajami)

3. Al Salam (Mubarak Yousuf alRu­maihi, Mo­hamed al-Ghaz­ali, Khal­ifa Ab­dulla al-Khaldi)

Small Tour: Ta­ble A 1.00/1.15m

1. Khal­ifa Ab­dulla al-Khaldi (Dusty) Time: 52.43 secs. Prize money: QR25000

2. Khalid Mo­hamed al-Emadi (Dolce Vita M) 56.06 secs. QR2000

3. Ali Mo­hamed al-Qadi (Hen­rico) 57.09 secs. QR1500

Mo­hamed Khal­ifa al-Baker and his 13-year-old chest geld­ing Cir­cus clear a hur­dle en route to Medium Tour vic­tory dur­ing the third leg of the Hathab Eques­trian Se­ries at Al Shaqab yes­ter­day.

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