Shane Sweetnam added his second WEF win and of the week, in a one-two Irish finale with Conor Swail taking second place. Pedro Muylaert stood out for the Latinos in the sixth place. (Photo © Sportfot)
The eighth week of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington, had an Irish rebellion, after winning the two most important events of the week and the Welcome class, dominating the Nations Cup and now Shane Sweetman commandeered the $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 4*, presented by Lugano Diamonds.
Being simply a perfect week for Shane Sweetnam, he would get his first WEF victory in FEI trials, starting with Thursday’s Welcome, then helping his national team to the Nations Cup victory on Friday night and today sealed with the eighth Grand Prix of the WEF season, leading a one-two by the Europeans.
Featuring 11-year-old stallion Chaqui Z (Chacco-Blue x Quinar Z) owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, Sweetnam stopped the clock in 41.79 seconds, only 3 hundredths of a second faster than fellowmen Conor Swail to earning 130 World Ranking points with his vcitory, in a week that surpassed the 250 points in profit, while Swail competed with the 11-year-old stallion Rubens LS The Silla (Rebozo LS The Silla x Cash) owned by Vanessa Mannix, finishes its jump-off round in 41.82 seconds with 110 points with their result.
The Top 5 of the Grand Prix was completed by three women, being the third for Ali Wolff of the United States in 43.02 seconds with 12-year-old gelding Casall (Casall ASK x Capitol I), followed in fourth place by the American Bezzie Madden and 9-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Corofino I) in 43.11 seconds, closing in on the fifth Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain with 9-year-old gelding Toy Boy in 43.23 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking, the Brazilian Pedro Muylaert was the winner of the sixth Grand Prix this season and now was sixth place with 10-year-old stallion Prince Royal Z MFS (Prince of Revel x Ramiro Z) in a clear round tiebreaker in 45.77 seconds, adding 50 World Ranking points. Out of the points were Yuri Mansur from Brazil in 17th place, finishing the jump-off with 13 fouls, Jorge Matte from Chile in 25th position with 4 fouls for the regular round, followed by Argentina’s Gustavo Prato in 27th place with 8 fouls. The Venezuelan Pablo Barrios was 29th with 8 fouls, Colombian Roberto Terán finished with the same amount in the 32nd place, Alonso Valdez Prado of Peru exceeded the time of the court for 9 fouls in 34th, José Roberto Reynoso of Brazil with 20 fouls in position 39th, Daniel Bedoya of Bolivia with 21 fouls escorted him in box 40th and the leader of the Latin Ranking Samuel Parot of Chile retired.