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French riders dominate in opening event of Champions Tour of Qatar.

IKOLI VICTOR DOHA THE three-day Global Champions Tour got underway attracting large number of spectators keen to see the best riders in the world competing at the Racing & Equestrian Club in Rayyan on Thursday.

French rider Roger-Yves Bost won the opening CSI 5* event with a prize money of 25,000 euros shared amongst the best twelve finishers.

The 1.45m event one round directly against the clock, saw the 12-year old mare chestnut Castle Forbes Cosma dominate in the final standings.

Bost won in an impressive time of 54.30 followed by another French rider Simon Delestre who clocked 58.37 with 9-year old dark bay Whisper.

Swiss rider Guerdat Steve cut for the chase with his experienced 13-year old gelding Ferrai posting a clear round that would eventually take him to third place with a time of 58.78.

Romanov ridden by Swiss Twomey Billey proved too good for 4th place after a very efficient round with 59.16.

German rider Kutscher Marco was in 5th place with 8 year old bay Quatell.

Leading lady rider Edwina Tops-Alexander was in a distance 21st place with her 16- year gelding chestnut Cevo Itot du ChEoteau.

Qatar's best performer was Haidan Mohammed riding Carjohan finishing in 18th place in a time of 68.89, in the 44 team field.

Earlier in the day, Qatari riders dominated the CSI 2*1.35m class (A) against the clock. Mubarak al Rumaihi claimed victory having beaten 48 other riders. Rumaihi came through the flags with Naomi 241 in a time of 54.11, a clear 1.63 seconds ahead of compatriot Bassman Hassan Mohammedi's time of 55.74.

The latter was clear and fast with the Qatar Armed Forces Stable's Naomi Levicci.

Hamad Nasser was third in a time of 61.57 with his horse Gymso 26 owned by Kloetzel Udo. The 3,000 euros prize money was shared amongst the best twelve, with Rumaihi collecting 1,320 euros.

The event will continue today with CSI 5* 1.45m/1.50m event starting at 8.30pm, the opening event CSI 2* will start at 2.00pm.

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Date:Apr 6, 2012
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