Portuguese rider Marina Frutuoso De Melo showed off at home, starting the week with her sixth FEI victory at CSI3* Vilamoura. Piergiorgio Bucci of Italy second and Felipe Ramos Guinato of Brazil third. (Photo © shot-photos.com)
The Portuguese rider Marina Frutuoso De Melo showed up at home, dominating the extensive speed class at CSI3* Vilamoura.
For the course designed by Italian Elio Travagliati a total of 92 pairs animated the speed class €24,600 CSI3* Table A 1.45m, where Marina Frutuoso De Melo set the pattern with the 17-year-old gelding Cantano (Cascavelle x Acord II ), to add his sixth FEI victory and second of 2017, recording a time of 64.66 seconds.
Assuring 50 World Ranking Points with her victory, Marina Frutuoso De Melo was able to gain a 22-cent advantage over her closest rival with Italian rider Piergiorgio Bucci in second place, accompanied by 10-year-old gelding Heartbreaker Vd Achterhoe (Bentley van de Heffinck x Catango Z).
For the Latino Ranking Felipe Ramos Guinato of Brazil completed a good speed round in 64.98 seconds, placing in third place with the 13-year-old gelding Zenzero (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Burggraaf) to take 40 World Ranking Points.
Guillaume Foutrier of France continued in fourth place with the 8-year-old gelding Valdocco des Caps (Number One d’Iso x Quidam de Revel) in 65.77 seconds and fifth place was Portuguese Luis Sabino Gonçalves next to the 12-year-old gelding Acheo Di San Patrignano (Ephebe For Ever x Nadir Di San Patrignano) in 65.95 seconds.
Also by Latinos the Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho added World Ranking Points with his 12th position, scoring in 69.75 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler). Outside of the points were Mauricio Ruiz of Colombia in 17th place with 9-year-old gelding Noble Calippo (Empire x Fortus Hästak), Joao Victor Castro of Brazil was 21st with the 11-year-old gelding Quentin PJ (Quidam de Revel x Escudo 19), Bernardo Naveillan from Chile along with the 8-year-old mare Daisy du Grand Moustier (Quaser de l’Ile x Fidji du Fleury) finished 25th and Brazilian Adir Abreu Junior ranked 43rd with the 9-year-old gelding Andreas Spb Z (Air Jordan Z x Lan Daris).