Alex Granato of the United States of America took the final victory of 2018 ESP Holiday Finale by beating the Latino duo of Diego Vivero from Ecuador and Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela. (Photo © Jack Mancini)
American rider Alex Granato took the final victory of 2018 ESP Holiday Finale, dominating the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix in Wellington.
With a total of 43 pairs, the Grand Prix was held as a prelude to the Winter Equestrian Festival 2018, where Alex Granato in an effective and fast tiebreaker round, displaced the Latino one-two that until then had been featured by Diego Vivero of Ecuador and Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela.
Being 7 classified riders to the jump-off round, the American rider Alex Granato stopped the clock in 39.32 seconds and was the only rider to lower the barrier 40 seconds, accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Carlchen W (Chacco-Blue x Continue ) and secured a $15,000 bag as first prize.
After the Ecuadorian rider Diego Vivero placed what looked like final figures when returning as first to the jump-off next to the mare HRB Dance, they left on blackboard a time of 40.05 seconds and two riders later Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade accompanied by the 13-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan) finished in 40.13 seconds, which in the end would give them the second and third place.
The double clear round extended to fifth place occupying Taylor Land of the United States the fourth place in 42.84 seconds, followed by German Wilhelm Genn in time of 44.31 seconds, while completed the last classifieds to jump-off Ambert Harte ranked sixth and Tara Corr was seventh.
Likewise for Latinos, Celso Ariani from Brazil finished 19th, Samuel Parot from Chile was ranked 24th, Alvaro Tejada from Guatemala 25th and Argentine Alexis Trosch 37th.