Hamad Al Attya Leads Qatar 1-2 Sweep in Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix

Michael Hecart Lands Longines Accumulator

Hamad Al Attya and LB Casanova claimed a career-best victory and provided Qatar with a first-ever win in the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix this evening (Saturday) the closing day of the Dubai Showjumping Championship CSI3*-W held at Emirates Equestrian Centre.

Teammate, Yousef Al Rumaihi was second with Palloubet D Halong.

The Dh245,000 centrepiece of the Dubai Showjumping Championship part of the(World Cup Arab League) featured a field of 42 entries representing 18 countries. The finals were contested by 11 competitors following the preliminary jump offs.

Al Attya and LB Casanova completed the jumps in 47:79 seconds, while the combination of Al Rumaihi and Palloubet D Halong were three seconds behind in 50:78 secs.

Morocco’s Abdelkebir Ouaddar was third astride Quickly De Kreisker.

Hamad Al Attya said: “This is the biggest win of my career and I am extremely thankful for the owners of my horse, the Qatar Armed Forces for bringing me here to compete. This was an amazing win and I am so proud of what we accomplished.”

The Longines Accumulator, with prizemoney of Dh100,000, kicked off the final day of competition. Leading French rider, Michel Hecart proved best in the field of 63 entries as he guided Nodi De Brekka to victory in 44.08 seconds. Saudi Arabia’s Abdulllah Al Sharbatli teamed with Unique to take second in the tightly-contested event with a time of 44.27 seconds. Third was Joerg Naeve of German aboard Cosimax in 44. 51 seconds.

The Longines Accumulator is an event that allows competitors to choose the jumps they will attempt. Each of the fences cleared is worth a given amount of points based on difficulty. The winner is decided by the highest point total and fastest time.

Hecart’s weekend also included a win in the Dh100,000 Emirates Airline Two Phases on Thursday, the opening day of competition and a second in the Gulf News Dubai Grand Prix Qualifier on Friday.

Al Sharbatli, a three-time winner of the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix, also collected a win in the Gulf News Qualifier.