KUWAIT: The horse Mireb from Al-Nashama stable was crowned champion of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad cup during the race that took place Monday at the Hunting and Equestrian club. The race of 2,400 meters saw 12 horses compete for the cup in the presence of Lt General (Rt) Thabet Al-Muhanna, the capital governor who handed the cup to Sheikh Ali Al-Humoud Al-Sabah.
Sheikh Ali Al-Humoud handed a memento to Sheikh Nasser Fahad Jaber Al-Ahmad, as the festival was held under the patronage of HH the Amir, who asked Lt Gen Thabet Al-Muhanna to represent him.
Al-Nashama stable succeeded in keeping the cup as competition has been lately limited to Al-Nashama, Al-Osaimi and Al-Abraq.
Director General of the race Sheikh Abdallah Al-Salman said he was happen with the strong competition specially during the final run. He said the large number of fans despite the bad weather is a clear evidence on the popularity of the sports.
Meanwhile Sheikh Ali Al-Humoud said the event was highly successful due to the strong competition by the participating stables. He said the sport today is different than before, as there are specialists now that lead this noble sport and he thanked the public authority for sport.
Sheikh Jaber Ali Al-Humoud said it is a great honor for all to compete for the most precious cup, and thanked HH the Amir for his sponsorship of the equestrian sport adding that Al-Nashama stable entered the race with strong competition and had great determination to keep the title.
The first race of 1,600 meters for the local production was won by Dasman stable which one all first four places.
In the second race for Murooj company cup for 1,600 meters for the third grade horses was won by Traq from Abu Shaiba stable, followed by Salmani from Al-Nashama stable.
In the third race over 2,000 meters, for all grades Ajad Al-Ajwad from Al-Nashama stable won first place followed by Mayas from Al-Fanar stable.
In the fourth race for the cup of Sheikh Fahad Jaber Al-Ahmad, designated for the original Arab horses for 2,000 meters the horse Bahis from Al-Zamanan stable won first place followed by Nujood for Mishal Al-Otaibi stable and third was Dair Zaki for Munahi Al-Mutairi.