Doha, 7 March 2021 - Rider Nasser Al Ghazali showjumped himself into contention for the annual Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Big Tour championship as he claimed the Big Tour title in the 11th and the penultimate round held alongside the Longines Global Champions Tour at Al Shaqab on Saturday.
Al Ghazali combined superbly with his bay gelding Quel Homme for two clear and precise round to emerge on top in the Table A, Special two phases, Art. 274.2.5 | 130/145cm class.
Al Ghazali took 33.74secs and 35.68secs respectively for the two rounds and won the top prize of QR11,250 besides a whopping 30 points from the 11th round for a total of 196 points.
He is followed by Saeed Nasser Al Qadi with 182 points, and his brother Hamad Nasser Al Qadi, who recently won HH The Amir Sword, on 177 points.
Faleh Suwead Al Ajami, who finished fourth in Hathab Round 11, is overall fourth with 173 points.
Finishing as the runner-up in the 11th round on Saturday was Faris Saad Al Qahtani astride Happy Feet, while Kamil Sabitov on Carmen claimed the third spot on the podium.
Speaking of his performance, Al Ghazali, said, “I’m very happy with the win today. I was intensely focused and didn’t want to commit any mistakes. I was able to perform without much pressure and that helped me do a clear round.”
Earlier, the Open Class was bagged by Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi, who rode Cobold to a flawless One round against the clock on 57.13secs which beat the competition.
Nasser Al Ghazali was a shade slower on What A Pleasure clocking 57.72secs and had to settle for the second place. Ali Mohammed Al Qadi on his mount Faily finished third (58.65secs).
Longines Hathab is a twelve-leg annual Qatar Equestrian Tour series for dressage and showjumping and has become extremely popular since its launch in 2017. The best seven results and overall points are taken into account in deciding the winners in various categories.
The exciting 12th and final round will take place later this month.
Big Tour | Table A, Special two phases, Art. 274.2.5 | 130/145cm | Prize-Money QR45,000
1. Nasser Al Ghazali; Horse: Quel Homme; Faults: 0; Time: 33.74secs; Faults: 0; Time: 35.68secs; Total Faults: 0; Prize: QR11,250
2. Faris Saad Al Qahtani; Happy Feet; 0; 32.20secs; 0; 36.65secs; 0; QR9,000
3. Kamil Sabitov; Carmen; 0; 35.46secs; 0; 37.54secs; 0; QR6,750; 4. Faleh Suwead Al Ajami; Demilion; 0; 34.31secs; 0; 37.66secs 0; QR4,500
Open Class | Table A, One round against the clock, FEI Art. 238.2.1 | 115/125cm | Prize-Money QR25,000
1. Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi; Cobold; 0; 57.13secs; QR6,250
2. Nasser Al Ghazali; What A Pleasure; 0; 57.72secs; QR5,000; 3. Ali Mohammed Al Qadi; Faily; 0; 58.65secs; QR3,750.