RICH tributes were paid to Bahrain’s two top jockeys and a leading trainer killed in a car crash in Saudi Arabia, at a special ceremony yesterday.
It was held at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Zallaq to honour top horse jockeys Nader Ahmed, 38, also known as Nader Abdulaziz Ahmed, and 30-year-old Ali Hassan Al Shuwaikh and leading trainer Abdulrasool Al Saffar.
Scores of people attended, including members of the Bahrain Jockeys Committee who wore symbolic black T-shirts that had portraits of the three men.
The GDN reported that Mr Shuwaikh had, only hours before the crash last Saturday, won the horse race he had taken part in.
Mr Ahmed, who was driving the car, allegedly swerved to avoid an 18-wheel truck heading towards them in dense fog.
The group, which took part in the horse race in Saudi, was on its way back to Bahrain when the tragedy happened.
Mr Al Saffar’s two sons, jockeys Hassan and Ali Al Saffar, were seriously injured in the accident on Al Ahsa Highway, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.