Manama, April 7 (BNA) — The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Beef) has stepped up its preparations to host the Crown Prince Endurance Cup on Friday.
This night ride is the concluding event of endurance race of the 2012/13 season and is set to take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.
The prestigious event is open to all riders and is covering a total distance of 120km. It comprises five stages, with the first and second stages covering 30km each, while each of the remaining three will be over 20km.
The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) Endurance Committee, headed by Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, has been working on daily basis to prepare the village ahead of the race.
This weekend’s event is patronised by the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Breef president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, meanwhile, highlighted the significance of this event and its popularity among stables.
He asserted the importance of the upcoming event, which will be for the Crown Prince Cup, and vowed to provide all forms of support to the federation to ensure this ride is a big success.
And following the great success over the past five years in the Crown Prince Cup, Shaikh Faisal noted that the night rides have special taste with different environment that has its influence on the competition.
Shaikh Faisal believes the competition for this weekend’s race will be fierce as all the riders are presently having serious preparations.
The Breef president also noted that his stable has been training hard over the past few weeks and in accordance to the plan for this race.
He lauded the efforts and contributions of the team members in past achievements.
Shaikh Faisal stressed that the Crown Prince Ride is one of the largest and most important races in the Kingdom, especially as it comes at the end of the season.
Shaikh Faisal noted that specific strategies need to be set up for night rides, and wished everyone success.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, for his support for the activities of the federation and all riders.
Shaikh Faisal also stressed the continued backing of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President, which is an incentive for everyone to achieve their aspirations and goals.
Yaqoub Yousif Al Hammadi was crowned champion last year, pulling off another tremendous victory to secure a royal double after winning the King’s Cup ride early in the season.
The Royal Endurance Team rider secured his double after ups and downs in this five-stage night ride. Al Hammadi completed the event ahead of Al Khalidia Stable riders Fahad Ismail and Raed Mahmood, who settled for second and third places, respectively.