The British Jamie Wingrove was very fast for his adversaries and won the Grand Prix MET Oliva. (Photo © 1clickhotos.com)
British Jamie Wingrove was very fast for his opponents and secured the victory of the €30,000 Gran Prix MET Oliva, presented by Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort.
Starting with 71 pairs the course designed by Javier Trenor Paz from Spain, between the time factor and the complicated lines, left only 4 classified riders representing a very low effectiveness of 6%, but it would not be an impediment for Jamie Wingrove to achieve a Perfect day.
Achieving a time of 38.26 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Bast VI (Lord Z x Levantos) owned by Helen Rees, the Briton Jamie Wingrove did not leave spaces with his horse before his rivals who could do nothing, after completing his doble clear round.
Adding a total of 50 World Ranking Points with his victory, Jamie Wingrove marked an extensive advantage of 10 seconds over the very conservative course by German Marcel Wegfahrt with his 7-year-old stallion Carnan (Cartogran x Kannan), ensuring with slow round the second place, while was escort by Michael Duffy of Ireland in third place with a time of 39.47 seconds plus 4 fouls next to the 11-year-old stallion Efs Top Contender (Lauriston x Continue) and fourth place to close the jump-off classifieds Maria Bibikova of Russia, completing her field in 4 fouls and 42.95 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Quasimodo (Quidam’s Rubin x Corofino I).
Turning to the Latino Ranking José María Larocca of Argentina would get a good 4 fouls regular round with the 13-year-old gelding Eliot Dws (Winningmood x King Z), but his time of 82.91 seconds ended up placing him in 19th place out of points. It was not the same for Caio Carvalho Filho of Brazil who exceeded the time allowed to accumulate 9 fouls in 36th box with the 11-year-old mare Sun Flower du Theil (Allegreto x Quidam de Revel).
Also participating by Pan American Ranking American Paris Sellon finishing 22nd with the 9-year-old mare Cassandra (Caressini L x Cardento) and US Olympic team member Lauren Hough was not on her best day, being left behind at 45th place with the 10-year-old gelding Quantas 15 (Quintero x Laurin).