STERLING PERFORMANCES FROM MOHAMMED SAEED HAIDAN AND HAMAD NASSER AL QADI IN TOUR 9 OF QATAR EQUESTRIAN TOUR – LONGINES HATHAB SUPPORTED BY THE SOCIAL & SPORT FUND (DAAM)
- Publication Date:
- 01/02/21 08:41 AM
Kicking off day one, the timings were tight in the Small Tour115cm class, with Haidan prevailing to clinch victory after a hotly contested battle. The experienced rider won first place in 30.52 seconds, astride Quick Step. Mohammed Jabor Al Naimi, riding Naville Z, took second place in 30.65 seconds, while Mohammed Nasser Al Qadi, on Vlacido, finished a very close third, in 30.67 seconds.
Haidan enjoyed further success in the Medium Tour135cm class, riding Miss Chili to a winning time of 53.02 seconds, to claim his second victory of the day. Cyrine Cherif, astride Brennus Villelongue, finished second in a time of 55.35 seconds, while Mohammed Khalifa Al Baker rounded out the podium places, bringing home Verona in 55.45 seconds.
The Medium Tour Team category saw ExxonMobil (118.97 seconds) take top honours on the day, followed by Business Trading Company in second place (119.81 seconds), and Future Riders in third (163.21 seconds).
Upcoming young talents, aged 14 and under, showed their mettle during the opening events of the second day. In the Future Riders 80cm class, Barzan Azzam Saleh rode Sita to first place in 21.78 seconds. Hadi Nasser Al Hajri, on Ilse, finished second in 22.29 seconds, while third spot went to Eqab Mohammed Al Rashid on Friedrichshof Dark Dream, in 23.29 seconds.
In the Future Riders 90cm class, victory went to Kian Monti, on C J Baba Van De Roshoeve. The winning pair took top spot in 19.65 seconds. Ahmed Jassim Al Suwaidi, riding Miss Serena, clinched second place in 19.76 seconds, and Fahad Abdulkarim Abed astride Wadi Rum D D H, ended third in 19.87 seconds.
The action continued in the Open Class 125cm category. Mohammed Jabor Al Naimi, took only 28.92 seconds to claim first place on Naville Z, going one better than his second place in the Small Tour on the opening day. Salmeen Sultan Al Suwaidi rode Guilder’s Empire Of The Sun to second in 29.57 seconds, with the final spot on the podium going to Mohammed Saeed Haidanon Apple Bee , to add to his Small Tour and Medium Tour victories on the first day.
The Big Tour 145cm class provided a thrilling end to the weekend’s spectacular equestrian competition. The category saw Hamad Nasser Al Qaditriumph not once but twice, as he finished Tour 9 on a high note. He rode Gibria-B to a faultless first place in 73.86 seconds, before claiming second as well, on Electra B, in 75.20 seconds. Saeed Nasser Al Qadi, sealed third in 76.05 seconds, astride Andreas SPB Z.
For the health and safety of equestrian fans, and in line with national COVID-19 precautionary measures, spectators were not allowed into the arena. Fans were, however, able to follow the thrilling action live on Al Kass TV.
Qatar Equestrian Tour – Longines Hathab Supported By The Social & Sport Contribution Fund is organized and hosted jointly by QEF and Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation. It comprises individual and team competitions over 12 legs, from October 2020 to March 2021.
Longines, ExxonMobil, and Salam International are the main partners of the Tour, which is supported by The Social & Sport Contribution Fund (Daam).