ABDULRAHMAN Al Saad yesterday triumphed in the senior division of the Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship.
Held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, this fourth event of the season featured two 100km races for seniors and mixed stables.
Unfortunately, the organisers had to cancel the fourth stage in each race, bringing the total distance to 80km. The first stage was over 30km, followed by another 30km for the second and concluded with 20km for the third.
Royal Endurance Team member Al Saad rode Kentman to victory in the senior category with a total ride time of three hours, seven minutes and 49 seconds, with an average speed of 25km per hour.
He beat Al Khalidiya Stable's Mohammed Abdulsamad who settled for second best in 3:09:01 with a 25km per hour average speed.
Finishing third was Yaqoub Al Hammadi, also of the Royal Endurance team in 3:17:34 with a 24km per hour average speed.
In the mixed stables section, Mubarak of Al Asayel, riding Asrar, emerged victorious in three hours, 29 minutes and 52 seconds with a 22km average speed. He was followed by fellow Al Asayel Stable rider Salem Mubarak in second place in a total ride time of 3:30:09 with an average speed of 22km.
Shaikha Najla bint Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa of Al Fateh Stable was third in 3:30:28 with a 22km average speed.
Held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first vice-president and president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the event was flagged off by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation general secretary Ghalib Al Alawi flagged off the race at 5am.
Shaikh Khalid, along with council chairman and president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, presented the trophies to the top three riders in the senior ride.
They also gave away three 4x4 Toyota vehicles to the first three riders in the mixed stables event.
Shaikh Nasser praised the level and performance of the race participants and their outstanding efforts exerted by all riders despite the dusty weather conditions.
The Royal Endurance Team captain said the event was tough and exciting in general and featured gruelling competition among most of the riders who took part in both races.
Shaikh Nasser also hailed the achievements marked by members of the Royal Endurance Team in both races, noting the directives of Shaikh Khalid to support this event.
Shaikh Khalid expressed pride for the tremendous success of the fourth event of the season although the fourth stage had to be cancelled due to weather conditions. He congratulated the winners in each race category and wished others success in future competitions.