Irish rider Darragh Kenny dominated the third FEI class of the CSI3* Montpellier with a fasted jump-off, beating the home rider Philippe Rozier. (Photo © Oakland Stables)
Irish rider Darragh Kenny scored his first FEI victory of the CSI3* Montpellier week, dominating the €25,000 Prix Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole.
Leading a group of 53 pairs that animated the regular round on course designed by Jean-Francois Morand, the Irishman Darragh Kenny dominated the tiebreaker round with his fasted round alongside the 10-year-old gelding Team de Coquerie (Heartbreaker x Papillon Rouge), stopping the clock in 32.61 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking Points.
The third FEI class of Jumping International de Montpellier Occitanie 2017 served to cut the French winning streak, after Julien Gonin take the victory on Thursday and Julien Epaillard did it yesterday, but today the story changed with Darragh Kenny, who it cut Philippe Rozier’s aspirations.
For second place Philippe Rozier of France could not beat the Irishman rider and completed his field in 33.46 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Unpulsion de La Hart (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Nonsto), while the Swiss Olympic medalist Pius Schwizer was in third place accompanied by the 8-year-old gelding Cortney Cox (Carlo x Espri) only 1 hundredth of a second slower in 33.47 seconds.
The top five were completed by home riders with Thomas Leveque taking the fourth place with the 9-year-old gelding Un Amour La Goula (Lando x Lieu from Rampan) in 34.15 seconds and fifth place was Raphael Goehrs with the 8-year-old gelding Victorio des Grotards (Barbarian x Prince Ig’OR) in 34.34 seconds.
By Pan American Ranking Kerry Mc Cahill of the United States did not manage to add FEI Ranking Points, after finishing in 19th place with the 10-year-old gelding Charly Chaplin S (Harley VDL x Burggraaf) and 1 foul by exceeding the time allowed to wasting his perfect round, not achieving his pass to the jump-off.