Lillie Keenan was very fast to beat Ali Wolff and Brazilian Eduardo Menezes, who stood out for the Latin Ranking in third place. (Photo © Sportfot)
In the follow-up to the 9th week of the Winter Equestrian Festival which was held on CSI 5* and CSI 2*, Lillie Keenan from the United States was simply the fastest of the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m.
Being a speed class designed by Alan Wade of Ireland, Keenan with 11-year-old mare Be Gentle (Ticallux Verte x Gentleman) stopped the clock in an unbeatable 59.83 seconds, being the only one in lowering the barrier of the 60 seconds and add 50 World Ranking points with her victory.
As always characterized as a speed-packed thrills competition, second place was also American Ali Wolff and the 11-year-old mare Caya (Carolus I x Lancer II) recording 60.34 seconds, while one of the great protagonists at WEF last year for speed competitions Eduardo Menezes of Brazil, took the third place.
Being the most outstanding Latin, Menezes took 40 FEI Ranking points with his result, marking a time of 60.49 seconds with 13-year-old mare Caruschka 2 (Caspar x Continue), a result that allows him again be a star in Wellington. The fourth and fifth place was occupied by Shane Sweetnam of Ireland in 60.50 seconds and Heather Caristo-Williams in 60.75 seconds.
The rest of the Latin Ranking delegation that managed to stay within the points were Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil in the 11th place, Alberto Michán of Mexico in 13th and Brazilian Yuri Manzur in the 15th position. Out of points was Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina in 28th place, Pablo Barrios from Venezuela in 37th and Samuel Parot of Chile retired.