American rider Marilyn Little completed the only course below 40 seconds and overtook world number 1 Kent Farrington. (Photo © Sportfot)
The American Amazon Marilyn Little galloped direct to victory in the $130,000 Suncast Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 5*.
Appearing with the 10-year-old gelding Clearwater (Clearway x Tricolore-W) owned by Karen O’Connor, Marilyn Little completed the only jump-off round under the 40-second barrier in a course designed by German Olaf Jun. Petersen.
Starting 45 pairs in the regular round at the Welcome of the 2017 Tryon Fall 5 CSI 5* week, Marilyn Little galloped to lead the 11 riders classified to the jump-off, which ensured 100 World Ranking Points with a time of 38.94 seconds, defeating precisely world number 1 and US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington.
In the case of also the Pan American Ranking Leader Kent Farrington, he finished his journey in 40.07 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Caribik) owned by Kent Farrington and Tanma Corp, while the third place completing the one-two-three for the home riders was Margie Engle with the 13-year-old stallion Royce (Café Au Lait x Petula) owned by Gladewinds Partners LLC in 40.11 seconds.
For the top five New Zealander Sharn Wordley cut the American streak by taking fourth place with the 11-year-old gelding Casper (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet) in 40.80 seconds, preventing the four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden took the fourth place, being fifth with the 9-year-old gelding Coach (with Air x Corofino I) in 41.47 seconds.
Marilyn Little who had just won the $130,000 Suncast Commercial Grand Prix CSI 3* last week, marks an excellent week’s beginning by adding her third 2017 FEI win.
Regarding the Latino Ranking riders only Mexican Eugenio Garza managed to finish within the World Ranking Points in 16th place, completing with his 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy) the 4 fouls faster regular round.
Out of the points was Roberto Terán from Colombia finished 19th with the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z), followed by Alberto Michán of Mexico with the 11-year-old gelding Redmond (Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper) in 20th place, Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben with the 10-year-old gelding Caillou exceeded the time allowed occupying the 23rd place, Santiago Lambre from Mexico could not maintain his yesterday’s winning pace and with 5 fouls accompanied by the 8-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels) finished 29th, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil ranked 31st with 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-Blue x Carthago), Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois margot x Alme) occupied 34th box, completing the Ecuadorian rider Anna Christina Gansauer with the 10-year-old gelding Hot Shot van de Hoendrikshoeve (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Heartbreaker) at 38th and Fabio Leivas da Costa of Brazil retired.