Kent Farrington win the big class.
A total of 29 starters in the Bantrel Cup 1.55m participated for the victory, but only 5 found the clear track to the jump-off, with 2-times olympic medal Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 taking the shortened course first in the fast time of competition in 39.95 seconds, but a rail down left them in fourth place.
Next Kent Farrington and Gazelle, who were quick with less risk to go to the top of the leaderboard, clear in 42.18 seconds.
“I know Eric well, and I know that horse very well,” Farrington said. “I knew that was going to be the speed of the class, so I wanted to be sure to watch him go so I knew what I had to do. When he had a rail down, I thought I would go more measured than I had planned, but put enough pressure where the others had to go. He was really going all out there, and it would have been hard to beat if he hadn’t had that rail.”
Antonio Chedraui from Mexico and La Bamba were also clear in time of 46.83 seconds and finished third. The Canadian rider Tiffany Foster and Victor finished in fifth place with a time of 43.01 seconds and four faults.
Last to go was Yann Candele and Showgirl slotted into second place with a strong time of 44.06 seconds despite a slip on course.
“She’s in aluminum shoes. It makes the foot slippery even with caulks. Even with that, I saw the time. Even if I made both turns, it would be close, but I don’t think it would make the win.” Candele said.
Final Results: Bantrel Cup 1.55m
1.- GAZELLE/KENT FARRINGTON (USA) 0/0/42.18
2.- SHOWGIRL/YANN CANDELE (CAN) 0/0/44.06
3.- LA BAMBA/ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX) 0/0/46.83
4.- FINE LADY 5/ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) 0/4/39.95
5.- VICTOR/TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) 0/4/43.01
6.- LORDAN/NAYEL NASSAR (EGY) 1/82.33
7.- SOUTHWIND VDL/TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) 1/83.15
8.- ARISTOTELES V/JONATHAN MCCREA (USA) 1/83.56
9.- HETMAN OF COLOR J/CONOR SWAIL (IRL) 2/89.10
10.- SUMAS ZORRO/SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY) 4/79.12
11.- CHECK PICOBELLO Z/ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) 4/79.62
12.- HH WHISKY ROYALE/QUENTIN JUDGE (USA) 4/80.03
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