Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani of Qatar completed the home riders sweep at the CSI4* Qatar International Show Jumping Championship in Doha. (Photo © Qatar Equestrian Federation)
Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani of Qatar won and completed the home riders sweep, dominating the €91,900 Grand Prix – World Cup Competition in Doha.
Closing the CSI4* Qatar International Show Jumping Championship, Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani left his opponents without chance, completing a formidabel demonstration in the Two Rounds with his two perfect rounds in time of 55.77 seconds which secured 100 World Ranking Points.
Achieving a clear advantage close to 8 seconds before his closest competitor on course designed by Iranian Hossein Shafiee, the Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani was presented with the 12-year old gelding First Division (Andiamo x Celista van Stappelvoorde), becoming the World Cup winner in Doha, valid for the FEI World Cup Arab League classification group.
For second place and completing the last double clear round the Australian rider Edwin Tops-Alexander finished in 63.09 seconds accompanied by 9-year-old gelding Inca Boy van T Vianahof (Diamant de Semilly x Cash), a result that allowed her to add 80 World Ranking Points, while third place was Ali Al Khorafi in a fast second round of 53.77 seconds, but he knocked down a pole totaling 4 fouls with the 10-year-old mare Cheril (Guidam Sohn x Charity).
The last Two Rounds riders was Derin Demirsoy from Turkey, accumulating a total of 12 fouls with the 13-year-old stallion Harry K (Equest Carnute x Bonetta) to take fourth place.
The top five were completed by last class winner Bassem Mohammed of Qatar, marking a first round of 4 fouls in 83.33 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Gunder (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Randel Z).
In short, there were 14 participating pairs representing 7 different nations, meaning for world number 90 Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani, his second 2017 FEI victory and must wait more than 10 months to achieve it.