Chilean Samuel Parot was 2 hundredths of a second above the winner taking second place and world number one Daniel Deusser finishing third. (Photo © Sportfot)
Egyptian Abdel Said took his first win at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington to mark the start of the ninth week in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI 5*.
Under Alan Wade’s design, the first class of the week with 53 pairs and evaluated by double phase, determined the victory for Said with 10-year-old mare Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrillo x Balou du Rouet) owned by AS Sport Horses, completing its presentation in 33.43 seconds to add 50 World Ranking points.
The strong fight was reflected in the final result, being only the difference of 2 hundredths of a second between the winner and Chilean Samuel Parot, leader of the Latin Ranking, who completed his course in a time of 33.45 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Couscous van Orti (Nabab de Reve x Cash) owned by Parot to earn 45 points, while third place was the German and leader of the World Ranking Daniel Deusser, accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Hidalgo SX (Quadrillo x Andiamo) owned by Stephex Stables, stoping clock in 33.56 seconds.
By the Latinos also finished from within the FEI Ranking points the Brazilian Eduardo Menezes and Quantador 3 (Quinta Real x Cornet Obolensky) in the sixth place with time of 34,66 seconds, and his fellowmen Jose Roberto Reynoso marked 35.50 seconds with Con Touch S (Cento x Capitol I) to occupy the 11th place. Out of the points were the Brazilians Luiz Francisco de Azevedo in 21st position and Yuri Mansur of 27th, the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben in 31st, Roberto Daza of Bolivia in the 32nd, Alberto Michán of Mexico was 34th and Pablo Barrios of Venezuela in 50th place.