Crown Prince of Dubai Win Horseback Desert Endurance Race

Published May 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, won the Al-Ahram horseback endurance race across 100 kilometers of Saqqara desert on Friday, but only because his two sons let him win. 

The prince was 10 minutes behind his sons Rashid and Hamdan before they slowed down to ride the final stage side by side with their father past the 4,650-year-old step pyramid of Zozer at Saqqara, south-west of Cairo, ahead of a field of around 160 mainly Arab riders. 

Deferring to Sheikh Mohammed's seniority in the ancient Arab tradition of honor, they allowed their father, who is defense minister of the United Arab Emirates, to cross the finish line first on his horse Falah. 

Hamdan finished second, riding Jidda ahead of horsemen from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE. But Rashid was disqualified because his horse, Majesty, was considered unfit to race. 

The Al-Ahram Endurance Championship, with a prize of one million Egyptian pounds ($300,000), was the first of its kind in Egypt -- (AFP) 


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