Kent Farrington with Creedance on the way to victory at Windsor. (Photo © Revolution Sports + Entertainment)
Saturday’s feature class at Windsor, the 1.55 Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup, turned into a scintillating race against the clock with Kent Farrington coming out on top in the eight horse jump-off riding the 9-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris).
Great Britain’s Joe Davison produced a beautiful clear round as first to go in the jump-off, setting a time of 36.79 seconds. However with notably fast riders to follow, his lead was soon relinquished. Kent showed why he is amongst the best riders in the world, posting an impressive time of 31.86, over a second faster than eventual second Tiffany Foster on Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeur).
Farrington, who is competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show for the first time, was thrilled with the result, “What more can I ask for. I’ve never been here before, so we’re off to a great start and with this being The Queen’s Birthday Celebration too, it’s a great moment.”
The second world ranking class of the day went to Great Britain’s leading lady rider Laura Renwick, who took the Falcon Stakes. The unique class format, whereby the winner of each of the seven groups in the first round along with the fastest losers went through to the jump-off, caused much excitement amongst the packed crowd. Lorenzo De Luca, held the lead after posting a challenging time of 28.03, but Renwick who was last to go into the arena was class personified and cut over a second off his time to take the victory aboard Heliodor Hybris (Diamant De Semilly x Cannonball).
Source: Revolution Sports + Entertainment