Olympic medalist and world number 3 McLain Ward, managed to break the drought of perfect courts and victories when dominating the $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix CI 5* in a class that presented to the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of the world. Samuel Parot in the 11th place. (Photo © Sportfot)
The three-time Olympic medalist McLain Ward of the United States of America, managed to break the curse or his bad streak in the great drought that have become perfect rounds throughout 2017, dominating the seventh Grand Prix of the season in the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington, FL.
In a court designed for 39 classified by Anthony D’Ambrosio, Ward showed the way with a fast round with 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui) owned by Double H Farm & Francois Mathy, to stop the clock in 39.70 seconds, was the only competitor in lowering the barrier of the 40 seconds in the jump-off.
Long months of January and February for former world No. 1 and current number 3 in the FEI Longines Rankings, where clear rounds had been elusive until his first tour at the Ocala Nations Cup last week, but now he was reaping the $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI 5*, the same class like he won last year.
Being a true Pan-American duel, the second position was of the maximum exponent of the Canadian show jumping Eric Lamaze, already with several victories in the 2017 WEF, but in this opportunity the Olympic medalist and ex-number 1 of the world, could not doit with 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines Stable, cut the winner’s time by scoring 40.07 seconds in his round.
The group of the top five finishers completed in the third place and 40.10 seconds Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain with 12-year-old gelding Arrayan (Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus), followed in the fourth place with a time of 40.21 seconds by Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor and Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II), while the world number 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany had to settle despite his great effort, with the fifth position with 14-year-old stallion Cornet D’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) in 41.05 seconds.
By the Latin Ranking its leader Samuel Parot of Chile, managed to classify the jump-off with the 14-year-old gelding Atlantis (Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour L), demolishing two rails to totaling 8 faults in 42.90 seconds placing in the 11th place, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil in the 26th with 5 fouls, his fellowman Yuri Mansur in the 28th place accumulating 8 fouls and the Mexican Santiago Lambre retired in his regular round.