Laura Chapot with Quointreau A Prince and Thornhill Kate took the first and second place in the tenth edition of the Suncast Series. Santiago Lambre de México fifth. (Photo © Sportfot)
Boasting total prominence at the conclusion of week 10 at Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, American rider Laura Chapot finished one-two in the $35,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, after leading the tiebreaking round with 11 qualifiers.
With two clear runs and perfect control of the course, Chapot stopped the clock in the first instance with 13-year-old gelding Quointreau Un Prince (Semilly x Rosire Diamant) owned by Laura Chapot & McLain Ward, in a time of 34.79 seconds and 35.88 seconds with 12-year-old Laura and Mary Chapot’s Thornhill Kate (Courage II x Clover Hill), securing 50 World Ranking points with first place and a bag of $18,550 for both positions.
Again the leader of the Pan American Ranking and number 2 of the world Kent Farrington could not define in the decisive stage, after that it occupied last night in the Great Prix the second position and now finished third with 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido) in 36.69 seconds and for the fourth place the Canadian Keean White recorded 37.82 seconds with 10-year-old mare Z Diamnaty (Semilly x Cor de la Bryere).
For the Latin Ranking and adding 30 FEI Ranking points with his fifth position, Santiago Lambre of Mexico was the most outstanding, marking his two clear rounds and a time of 38.34 seconds with 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender X Darnels). Eduardo Menezes of Brazil was left in the 23rd place with 8 fouls in the regular round, Samuel Parot of Chile did it with 12 fouls in the 32nd position, Vasco Flores of Puerto Rico with the same number of fouls in 35th, while the Ecuadorian Diego Vivero and Peruvian Alonso Valdez Prato were retiring.