Britain’s Ben Maher took a 30-hundredth-second lead to take the win against Canada’s Eric Lamaze. (Photo © rwhs.co.uk)
The British Ben Maher won at home to dominate the CSI 5* Bahrain Pearl Stakes with a total of 31 pairs, where €52,500 was distributed and the winner took 50 World Ranking points.
Featuring with 14-year-old stallion Tic Tac (Clinton x Darco) owned by Jane Forbes Clark & Ben Maher, the Briton completed his tiebreaker round in 37.23 seconds to take a 30-cent lead over his closest rival, also Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada. For Lamaze, who stopped the clock in 37.53 seconds with 14-year-old mare Fin Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II) took 45 FEI Ranking points, being escorted in third place by Germany’s David Will in a time of 38.46 seconds next to 10-year-old stallion S I E C Copain (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Lupicor).
Definitely there were 7 pairs qualified for the tiebreaker and members of Top 5, who finished their double clear rounds with fourth place for Austrian Max Kühner and fifth American Lauren Hough.
The best seed of the competition, leader of the World Ranking and leader of Pan-American Ranking Kent Farrington of United States, was ranked 10th with 11-year-old gelding Sherkan D’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star) in a regular round of 4 fouls and 65.09 seconds, in what was the first FEI class at Royal Windsor Horse Show.