The Irish riders have taken over the speed class and certainly the leading role at the Winter Equestrian Festival when Richie Moloney maintained the yoke with his first victory. Alonso Valdez Prado the best latino. (Photo © Sportfot)
The tenth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington continued with the third FEI class by the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m CSI 3* and the Ireland’s Richie Moloney win.
Continuing with the Irish yoke and especially in speed classes, Moloney was barely getting his first win of the 2017 season with 15-year-old gelding Slieveanorra (Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond) owned by Equinimity LLC, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to adding 50 World Ranking points in course designed by the Canadian Michel Vaillancourt for 66 pairs.
The second position was for the American rider Laura Chapot, always effective in speed classes, after stopping the clock in 65.04 seconds behind 64.81 seconds of the winner, with 13-year-old gelding Quointreau Un Prince (Diamant de Semilly x Rosire). For the third place, Julie Welles and 12-year-old stallion Ryanair de Riverland (Quick Star x Papillon Rouge) held close in 65.33 seconds and closing the top five Shne Sweetnam of Ireland in fourth place with 65.59 seconds with Buckle Up (Colander x Caretino) and fifth Egyptian Abdel Said in 65.63 seconds with Imke 111 (Der Senaat 111 x Heartbreaker).
The Latin delegation did not have its best day, leaving all its representatives out of the FEI Ranking points, being the Peruvian Alonso Valdez Prado the best located in a distant 21st position with the last clear round of the class. Eduardo Menezes of Brazil followed with 4 fouls in 26th and Freddie Vázquez of Puerto Rico with 8 fouls in the 54th place.