The Irish rider Alex Duffy started the actions in the Autumn MET 2017 first week of the CSI2* Oliva, marking a very tight advantage of 1 hundredth of a second. (Photo © 1clickphoto.com)
The Irish rider Alex Duffy marked the beginning of first week at Autumn MET 2017 of the CSI2* Oliva, getting the victory in the €24,600 Gold 4 – FT 1.45m.
The course designed by Spaniard Javier Trenor Paz experienced great emotions with the first FEI event of the week, where Alex Duffy with his 9-year-old mare Insolite V’T Molenvondel (Toulon x Concorde) stopped the clock in 70.47 seconds.
Marking a very tight advantage on part of Alex Duffy, the Irish rider managed to overcome by only 1 hundredth of a second the Russian rider Vladimir Tuganov with the 9-year-old gelding Qualidam (Quality Touch Z (Old) x Quidam de Revel (Sf)), thus taking the winner of 50 World Ranking Points and 45 points for the Russian in his second place.
A little more distant in third place was the best representative of the Pan American Ranking Lauren Hough of the United States, who showed up with the 10-year-old gelding Quantas 15 (Quintero x Laurin) to complete his course in 73.12 seconds, while completed the Top five classified in fourth place Markus Kölz of Germany in time of 74.81 seconds accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Ares RZ (Acasino B x Roderik) and fifth place Alessandro Colombo of Italy recording 77.74 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Unecoure (Prinz Clintus x Orestes).
Likewise, the American rider Paris Sellon finished with the 9-year-old mare Cassandra (Caressini L x Cardento) inside the points, completing her route in a comfortable pace and exceeding the time allowed in 82.34 seconds with 1 penalty.
By the Latino Ranking Caio Carvalho Filho of Brazil maintained good speed with the 9-year-old mare Cheindira (Chagall van de Burggrave x Darco) in 72.54 seconds, but they knocked down a fence that ended up placing them in 14th place to taking FEI Ranking Points. For his part the Argentine rider José María Larocca could not score points with his 8-year-old gelding Eliot Dws (Winningmood x King Z), totaling 9 fouls in his presentation and a time of 80.42 seconds in 34th place.
The fastest time of the class was achieved by Louise Simpson of Great Britain in 68.28 seconds, adding to her performance 4 fouls with the 12-year-old mare Fiona V/H Lemmenshof (Nonstop x Hibrahim Von Pferdheim), occupying the tenth place.