Doha, 28 February 2021 - Last week’s Amir Sword winner Hamad Nasser Al Qadi yesterday exhibited brilliant riding form to win the Big Tour event on day three of Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab.
Al Qadi, this time astride Gibria-B, produced narrow lines to win the top prize of QR 11,250. Ten-year-old Gibria-B produced a calm but flawless ride in a time of 33.96 seconds in the jump-off. Al Qadi had 4 faults in the first run that ended with a time of 71.70 seconds. But the young Qatari - who won the prestigious Amir Sword last week at QEF’s Outdoor Arena - yesterday made up for the faults with a flawless routine in the jump-off.
“It was a hard class from the beginning. When I entered the last phase, my idea was to do a clear, safe round with reasonable speed. Thankfully, my plan worked, and I’m delighted with my performance,” Al Qadi said yesterday.
Faleh Suwead Al Ajami, who won the Amir Sword in 2019, yesterday grabbed the second spot with Ulano who finished with a time of 37.10 seconds. Al Ajami won QR9,000.
Saeed Nasser Al Qadi, astride Andreas SPB Z, secured third spot worth QR 6,750. Andreas SPB Z clocked 31.71 seconds but suffered because of 4 faults in the jump-off.
Khalid Sanad A S Al Nuaimi (Gop Stop, 4 faults, 32.88 seconds, QR 4,500) and Kyrgyzstan’s Kamil Sabitov (Carmen, 4 faults, 33.79 seconds, QR 3,150) completed the top five.
In the Open Class (1.15/1.20m), Qatari rider Mohammed Saeed Haidan, astride Quick Step, sealed the deal in a time of 58.12 seconds. Haidan won QR6,250.
Qatari rider Salmen Sultan A M Al Suwaidi, who was with Guilder’S Empire of the Sun, secured the second spot (59.06 seconds, QR5,000) while Ali Mohammed Al Marri, astride Apollon du Banney (59.86 seconds, QR3,750) finished third in run against the clock.
Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi (Cobold, 60.11 seconds, QR2,500) and Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi (Happy Tina, 60.74 seconds, QR 1,750) completed the top five.
Germany's Jessica sparkles again
Olympics star Jessica von Bredow-Werndl posted her second successive win by guiding 17-year-old bay Zaire-E to clinch the Grand Prix title as German riders dominated the day’s proceedings in dressage.
Producing a near-perfect routine, the 35-year-old German posted a score of 84.780 % to collect her second big paycheck of the three-day event. Jessica won €26,000. On Friday the German was named winner by three of the five judges to win the dressage Grand Prix.
Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg, who was in the saddle with Damsey FRH, secured the second spot (82.050 %). Langehanenberg won €21,000. Dorothee Schneider, also of Germany, grabbed the third place with 13-year-old Faustus (81.865 %) to claim the prize of €15,000.
Finland’s Henri Ruoste (Kontestro DB, 81.265 %, €10,000) and French rider Morgan Barbancon (Sir Donnerhall II Old, 78.655 %, €7,000) completed the top five.