Italian rider Luca Maria Moneta marked the beginning of the CSI5* Jumping Verona by dominating the €25,000 Kask Cup. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The Italian rider Luca Maria Moneta marked the beginning of the CSI5* Jumping Verona under a true party atmosphere with his victory in the €25,000 Kask Cup.
The speed class on course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani had a total of 44 pairs looking for the World Ranking Points and a prize for the first place of €6,250 that would ultimately be for Luca Maria Moneta, appearing with the 16-year-old gelding Neptune Brecourt (Cavalor Cumano x Kayack) owned by Riders SRL.
Stopping the clock in 58.38 seconds, Luca Maria Moneta got a very wide advantage in his convincing victory and secured 50 World Ranking Points, leaving in second place Swiss rider Jane Richard Philips with her 9-year-old stallion Izmir van de Baeyenne (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Nonstop), completing her journey in 63.47 seconds.
The crowd joy extended with two more positions among the top five classified, being the third place for Massimiliano Ferrario and his 11-year-old stallion Loro Piana Rigoletto della Flo (For Pleasure x Quidam de Revel) in 63.92 seconds, fourth place was German rider Marcus Ehning with the 9-year-old mare Calanda (Calido I x Chasseur I) in 64.64 seconds and fifth for Italian rider Giulia Martinengo Marquet with the 8-year-old gelding Elzas (Diamant de Semilly SF x Cornet Obolensky) in 65.11 seconds.
The best time in speed class was scored by Karel Cox of Belgium with the 8-year-old gelding Jaguar (Chopin Van Het Moleneind x Cicero Z) in 57.57 seconds, but he knocked down a stick leaving him in 15th place.
By the Latino Ranking its leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil occupied 26th place, being without chance of points with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) to totaling 4 faults in 74.28 seconds. For his part Rene Lopez of Colombia exceeded the time allowed and was penalized with 1 foul, completing his journey in 5 fouls with the 9-year-old mare Destiny’s Child (Dollar du Murier x Escudo I) occupying the 29th place.