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Bahrain's Royal Endurance Team secured a 1 - 2- 3 finish in the best endurance horse ride
09 : 43 AM - 23/06/2013
Manama, June 23 (BNA) -- Bahrain's Royal Endurance Team yesterday secured a 1-2-3 finish in the Best Endurance Horse Ride Dillingen 2013 in Germany.

Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa put up another splendid performance as he steered CD Uproar to win this challenging six-stage ride amidst broad participation from 60 riders from all around the world.

Held at the Military training area in Dilingen District, the ride saw other participants coming from the UAE, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.

This 160km ride was divided into six stages, including 35km each for the first and second stages. The third and fourth were over 25km each, while each of the remaining fifth and sixth stages covered 20km.

Shaikh Nasser was in superb form as he crossed the finish line first in seven hours, 31 minutes and 38 seconds, just a second ahead of fellow Bahraini teammate Abdulrahman Al Saad, who came second on Quenzo.

Issa Al Hazza (7:42:29) then rounded off Bahrain's impressive show bny coming third on Raja Du Roc'h.
Hood Buchiri (8:04:34), also of Bahrain, came in fourth position, followed by UAE's Ahmed Al Bouloushi (8:09:52) and Ghanim Al Mirri (8:09:53) who were respectively fifth and sixth.

Bahrain's Abdulrahman Al Zayed (8:21:04) made it to the top 10 by coming seventh in the race, followed by Ali Al Faris (8:23:38) of Oman, Germany's Arnold Sabrina (8:30:34) ninth and Garatti Simona (8:35:18) of Italy 10th.

Other Bahrainis in the fray were Yaqoub Al Hammadi, Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Mohammed Al Khatry, who all competed in the 160km event.

Yesterday's ride was part of an annual festival which also featured races over 120km and 80km, both won by Bahrain's Raed Mahmood and Ali Busafer, respectively.

Mahmood showed great riding abilities to end his five-stage ride on top in 5:31:46, and was followed by another Bahraini Ghazi Al Dossary (5:31:48) in second place.

In the 80km ride, Busafer steered Djook to victory in 3:31:45. Behind him were Bahrain's Jaffer Mirza (3:31:46) and Schwedler Conny (4:06:49) who rounded off the podium by respectively coming second and third.
Speaking after the race, Shaikh Nasser said he was delighted for his victory and the overall performance of his team in all three challenging races.

Shaikh Nasser dedicated this outstanding achievement to His Majesty King Hamad, who has been a major inspiration for all the Bahraini riders who competed at this race as well as in the previous championships held in Europe throughout summer holiday.

Meanwhile, the awarding ceremony was held later in the day at the same venue, where event organisers honoured the winners as well as organising committee members and contributors for their efforts in making this event a success.

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BNA 0655 GMT 2013/06/23


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