By Sports Reporter/Doha
Faleh Suwead al-Ajami led 13-year-old chestnut stallion Demilion to Big Tour class victory during the eighth round of the Longines Hathab Tour supported by The Social & Sport Contribution Fund at the outdoor arena of Qatar Equestrian Federation yesterday.
Al-Ajami and Demilion put on a fastest round in 48.98secs to top a 21-rider field. In second place was Nasser al-Ghazali, who came home in 50.39secs with his trusted bay gelding Quel Homme. Al-Ajami also claimed the third spot on the podium as he rode a second time astride bay gelding Ulano. This time he clocked 55.07secs.
The talented Mohamed Saeed Haidan, who had claimed the Medium Tour title on Friday, this time had to be content with the fourth spot on D Saucedo suffering a fault each both in the first ride and in the winning round.
Earlier, in the Open Class Mini Derby without Jump Off, Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi claimed the first place riding Happy Tina. He clocked 120.41secs to be the fastest. Jassim al-Jaham al-Kuwari on Sandro Girl was second (123.18) while Mohamed Saeed Haidan on Apple Bee finished third (131.46).
The annual Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Tour is held over twelve rounds where the best seven results of the series are taken into account in deciding the overall champions. With four rounds remaining the championship has now entered the crucial phase where riders will aim to collect as many valuable points as possible.
Big Tour | Table A, Competition with winning round, Art. 276.2.1 |130/145cm | Prize Money QR45,000
1 Faleh Suwead al-Ajami; Demilion; Faults: 4; Time: 78.61secs; Winning Rd Faults: 0; Time: 48.98secs; Prize: QR11,250
2. Nasser al-Ghazali; Quel Homme; 0; 83.83secs; 0; 50.39secs; QR9,000
3. Faleh Suwead al-Ajami; Ulano; 0; 77.68secs; 0; 55.07secs; QR6,750
4. Mohamed Saeed Haidan; D Saucedo; 4; 77.49secs; 4; 48.47secs; QR4,500
Open Class | Table A, Mini Derby (Without J-Off), FEI Art. 277 | 115/125cm | Prize-Money QR25,000
1. Rider: Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi; Horse: Happy Tina; Faults: 0; Time: 120.41secs; Prize: QR6,250
2. Jassim al-Jaham al-Kuwari; Sandro Girl; 0; 123.18secs; QR5,000
3. Mohamed Saeed Haidan; Apple Bee; 0; 131.46secs; QR3,750
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