The Irishman Shane Sweetnam by only 2 hundredths of a second took the victory by beating his fellowman Lorcan Gallagher. (Photo © Taylor Renner)
Irishman Shane Sweetnam took a very tight win to dominate the $86,000 Fidelity Investments Classic in his jump-off round.
After classifying 4 riders to the jump-off, Shane Sweetnam showed the way on the course designed by Canadian Phillip Rozon getting a time of 39.97 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Indra van de Oude Heihoef (Casantos x Action-Breaker) owned of The Blue Buckle Group.
With the result the world number 35 Irish rider Shane Sweetnam added 80 FEI Ranking Points by surpassing only 2 hundredths of a second to his fellowman Lorcan Gallagher alongside 9-year-old gelding Hunters Conlypso II (Contendro I x Calypso II) to finish second in 39.99 seconds and for the third box, representing the last double clear round American rider Georgina Bloomberg with the 12-year-old mare Manodie II H (Carthago x Zeus) in 40.47 seconds.
The tiebreaker was completed in fourth place by yesterday’s winner Andrew Ramsay of the United States, scoring the fastest time in 37.42 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Cocq A Doodle (Tolan R x Niagara), but takedown a pole kept him from repeating.
For the Latino Ranking none of its representatives managed to add World Ranking Points, with Mexican rider Alberto Michán best located in box 19th with the 11-year-old gelding Redmond (Neo d’Aunou x Joly Jumper) accumulating 5 fouls, Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben totaled 8 fouls with the 8-year-old gelding Colorado (Coronas x Lenardo) in 22nd, followed by Puerto Rican rider Vasco Flores next to the 12-year-old gelding Balou (Balou du Rouet x Ramiro) with the the same 8 fouls and Brazilian Luiz Francisco de Azevedo accumulated 16 fouls in 39th place with 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist), while Santiago Lambre of Mexico retired with his 9-year-old stallion Ibabco (Nabab de Reve x Darco).
The best seed and world number 3 McLain Ward of the United States did not go from the 27th place with the 9-year-old mare HH Gigi’s Girl (Vingino x Celano), to finish as the last 8 fouls regular round.