Historic result in Spruce Meadows for Richard Spooner to get his third victory in a row, being with Cristallo the only ones to perfect complete his course. Luis Alejandro Plascencia of Mexico second. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The last class of the ‘National’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex in what marked the first week of activities in Spruce Meadows, was a historic day for the show, when Richard Spooner of United States achieved Hat Trick.
In an unbeatable environment for the International Ring, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil presented the customary course design from the beginning of the Derby, being a complicated and demanding course, so much so that the winner Richard Spooner would be the only perfect round in the dispute of $175,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby.
With his always effective and eternal pair for the Californian Richard Spooner, Cristallo (Caretino x Cicero), a 19-year old gelding owned by Show Jumping Syndication Intl, recorded a time of 163.72 seconds to secure a prize of $50,000 and 100 World Ranking Points.
Winner of the two previous editions with Cristallo, Richard Spooner added his third consecutive win and Hat Trick, inscribing his name in a curious, but difficult to match.
For the Latino Ranking Luis Alejandro Plascencia of Mexico had a day to remember, finishing in second place with accumulated 8 fouls in 155.69 seconds next to the 11-year-old mare Salamera de la Nutria (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) owned by Salvador Onate, in a very interesting demonstration of skill and speed.
Completed the top five finishers in third place Chris Surbey of Canada, winner this week with 8 fouls in 160.14 seconds, for the fourth place Rich Fellers of United States with the same 8 fouls, but a little slower in 163.47 seconds and fifth place the Irishman rider Daniel Coyle with 8 fouls in 163.59 seconds.
Accompanying the Mexican Plascencia by the Latinos Paulo Santa of El Salvador, occupying eighth place to accumulate 14 fouls with the 17-year-old gelding Taloubet (Baloubet de Rouet x Quidam de Revel) and the Chilean Samuel Parot totaled 21 faults in the 11th position with the 13-year-old gelding Quick du Pottier (Hulevent of Breka x Cuba).