Mohammed Saeed Haidan put on an excellent round astride 11-year-old stallion D Saucedo to clinch the Medium Tour title during the eighth round of the Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Tour, supported by The Social & Sport Contribution Fund, yesterday.
At the Qatar Equestrian Federation’s outdoor arena, Haidan and D Saucedo topped the 36-strong field with a fastest time of 36.67 seconds. The pair narrowly beat French rider Cyrine Cherif and her nine-year-old stallion Brennus Villelongue, who missed out on top spot by a narrow margin of 0.29 seconds. Just 0.03 seconds behind was Nasser Al Ghazali on Hurry Up, but the rider had to be content with third spot.
The team tour title was won by Lusail, with Mubarak Yousuf Al Rumaihi and Mohammed Nasser Al Qadi coming for a winning total of 164.77. Team Salam International finished second, followed by Business Trading Company.
Earlier, Haidan had finished second in the Small Tour behind winner Saeed Nasser Al Qadi. In the event which was 52 entries, Al Qadi on Best Of Des Forets finished in a time of 49.53 seconds.
Haidan came home in 49.85 seconds with Quick Step. In third place was Mohammed Nasser Al Qadi on Vlacido in a time 50.09 seconds.
Ali Al Rumaihi, the Tournament Director, yesterday praised the performance of the riders and said that their level of performances is developing from one tournament to another.
"It was exactly the ambition of the organisers when the series was launched four years ago," Al Rumaihi said.