Kent Farrington and Creedance secured the first 2017 Tour victory with a 2-second lead over Martin Fuchs. Participation of Carlos López, Eduardo Menezes, Yuri Mansur and Alberto Michán. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The last day of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour in Miami Beach, began with speed class that distributed 270,000 Euros in course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani for 58 pairs and formidable victory of World Ranking number 2 American Kent Farrington.
Presenting with 10-year old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington put definitive figures practically at the end of class being the penultimate one in star order and obtaining a fast time of 64.65 seconds, that served him to outdo Grand Prix’s LGCT Mexico winner Martin Fuchs of Switzerland. In case of Fuchs and 10-year-old stallion Chaplin (Verdi x Concorde) take partial victory from American rider Lauren Hough, who had dominated a stretch of 40 competitors, until 66.54 seconds of Swiss with respect a time of 66.57 seconds, only 3 hundredths of a second slower by Hough and 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cárdeno).
The result allowed Farrington to add 150 World Ranking Points, where he marches very close to leader and also American McLain Ward, who had to settle for 29th place with 8 fouls with Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de l’Ile) in a competition that was also valid for the Global Champions League, where it is now dominated by London Knights with good results of Farrington and British Ben Maher.
For the Latino Ranking Colombian Carlos López and 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) were the only ones that added FEI Ranking Points in 16th place, while Brazilians Eduardo Menezes and Yuri Mansur finished with same 4 fouls that Lopez in 23ed and 24th positions, leaving Mexican Alberto Michán far away of group in box 48th with accumulated of 15 faults.