Californian Richard Spooner dispatched at home and by difference of 4 hundredths of a second the speed class and second FEI event at CSI3* -W Del Mar. (Photo © Alden Corrigan Media)
American rider Richard Spooner dispatched fasted the $35,000 Del Mar, second FEI event of the CSI3* -W Del Mar week.
Achieving the victory at home, Californian rider Richard Spooner completed in 68.42 seconds the speed class on course designed by Irishman Alan Wade, being the difference of only 4 hundredths in front of his closest rival and presenting with the 8-year-old gelding Quirado RC (Quinar x Corrado I).
The result allowed Richard Spooner to add 50 World Ranking Points, while the second place was taken by American rider Zazou Hoffman accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Samson II (Cardento x Bellini) in 68.46 seconds and credited 45 FEI Ranking Points.
For third place and marking the last clear round below the barrier of 70 seconds was Kevin Babington of Ireland, completing his course with the 9-year-old stallion Double O Seven (Mr. Blue x Celano) in 69.04 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Mexican rider Carlos Hank Guerreiro stood out getting good points when finishing in fourth place next to the 11-year-old gelding Sunshine (Diamant de Semilly x Hardi), adding 35 World Ranking Points in time of 70.12 seconds. It closed the Top 5 Karl Cook of the United States of America with the 10-year-old gleding Caillol (Casall x Corrado I) in 70.34 seconds.
Likewise for the Latinos, Mexican rider Enrique González recorded a time of 73.33 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Zapzerap (Zapatero VDL x G.Ramiro Z), occupying the seventh place and John Pérez from Colombia was in ninth place, next to the 8-year-old gelding Emir (Dubai x Bruin) with the last clear round in 76.86 seconds.
The fastest round of the class was for the Olympic medalist and world champion Eric Navet of France, finishing in tenth place with 4 fouls in 65.16 seconds accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Basimodo (Quasimodo Z x Codexco).