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Home win for Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani in CSI5* HH Emir's Sword Grand Prix at Al Rayyan

Saturday, 25 February 2017
CSI5* Al Rayyan 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) showed top form on home soil in Saturday's CSI5* HH Emir's Sword Grand Prix at Al Rayyan, Doha. 

Aboard the 11-year-old mare Carolina 31 (Colman x Ramirado), Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani produced the only treble clear in this 1.60m Grand Prix competition worth 153,700 Euro also counting as a qualifier for the European Championships 2017 as well as the World Equestrian Games in 2018. 

Although Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) and Domingo (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy) were faster in the jump-off that counted two men only, the speed came on the expense of a rail down and the pair had to settle for the second place this time around. Derin Demirsoy (TUR) finished third aboard Harry K (Equest Carnute x Robin Z II) with four faults recorded in round two, while Janika Sprunger (SUI) on Aris CM S (Nassau x Amethist) were fourth and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) on California (L’Esprit x Libero H) fifth – also with four faults each.

It was a good weekend for Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA), who won both 1.55m classes at the event – first on Friday riding Chalou (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) and then on Saturday aboard Caspar 232 (Casper x Padarco). In Friday's 1.55m competition, Janika Sprunger on Aris CSM finished second and Derin Demirsoy third with Harry K while in today's 1.55m class it was Pilar Cordon (ESP) that was runner-up on Armani des Maraichers (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Quater) and Abdullah Al Sharbatly third on Woulon L (Toulon x G.Ramiro Z).


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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