Irish rider Richie Moloney was solid for the speed class, winning the opening day of Kentucky Spring Classic. (Photo © Leonore Phillips)
The first FEI event at the CSI 3* Kentucky Spring Classic was held by Irish rider Richie Moloney, who was solid alongside 15-year-old gelding Slieveanorra (Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond), leading the $35,000 Welcome Speed Stake.
Under the course design by Portuguese Bernardo Costa Cabral for 46 pairs, the speed class is disputed, where Richie Moloney completed his course in 61.88 seconds to get 50 World Ranking points with his victory. American rider Margie Engle had a fight to take second place with 17-year-old stallion Böckmann’s Lazio (Lancer II x Cor de La Bryere) clocking a time of 63.06 seconds, while a fixed star of the different classes at Lexington, Shane Sweetnam of Ireland was in third position with 16-year-old stallion Cylon 1083 (Cardento x Cortus) in 63.53 seconds.
Last week’s Grand Prix winner Eric Navet of France was in fourth place with 14-year-old gelding Basimodo (Quasimodo Z x Codexco), for a clear round in 63.90 seconds.
For Latino Ranking Santiago Lambre from Mexico achieved the best time in 64.06 seconds to finish in fifth place, a result that allowed him to add 30 World Ranking points with 8-year-old gelding Hip Living (Hip Hop x Quite Easy), being as curious information the only horse under 14-year-old to appear in fifth place. Also Samuel Parot of Chile managed to complete its field in 65,84 seconds with 12-year-old gelding VDL Aberlino (Corland x Purioso). Participants with non-point by latinos Ramiro Quintana from Argentina, Pablo Barrios and Daniel Stransky from Venezuela, Luiz Francisco de Azevedo from Brazil and Eugenio Garza from Mexico.
Final Results $35,000 Welcome Classic 1.45m CSI3*
1. Slieveanorra / Richie Moloney / Equinimity, LLC / 0 / 61.880
2. Bockman’s Lazio / Margie Engle / Gladewinds Partners, LLC / 0 / 63.060
3. Cyklon 1083 / Shane Sweetnam / Spy Coast Farm / 0 / 63.530
4. Basimodo / Eric Navet / Signe Ostby / 0 / 63.900
5. Hip Living / Santiago Lambre /Santiago Lambre / 0 / 64.060
6. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / Seabrook, LLC / 0 / 64.590
7. VDL Aberlino / Samuel Parot / Samuel Parot / 0 / 65.84
8. Boo Van Het Kastanjehof / Andrew Welles / Peter Welles / 0 / 67.330
9. Warinde B / Lauren Hester / Hester Equestrian, LLC / 0 / 67.430
10. Victorio 5 / Adam Prudent / Plain Bay Stables / 0 / 68.550
11. Beorn / Alex Granato / Alliy Moyer / 0 / 68.750
12. Carlo / Aaron Vale / North Face Farm / 0 / 68.750