Shane Sweetnam was the fastest in the jump-off, beating American rider McLain Ward. (Photo © The Book, LLC.)
Irish rider Shane Sweetnam showed the way in the jump-off round to win the $50,000 Longines Cup in a tricky class.
Sorting out the fastest Irish rider Shane Sweetnam was featured with the 9-year-old gelding Main Road (Heartbeat x Irco Marco) owned by Sweet Oak Farm & Seabrook Llc, to record a time of 34.04 seconds.
The course designed by Alan Wade left several interesting questions, complicating even the route for several riders who opted for the retirement or its elimination. In case of Shane Sweetnam, he dominated the jump-off round with 6 classified riders out of a total of 46 who started the regular round, beating three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward and securing 50 World Ranking Points.
Meanwhile McLain Ward completed his course in 34.76 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Cartouche, taking second place and third place was for also American rider Andrew Ramsay with the 13-year-old mare California (Cassini I x Galant Vert xx) in 35.32 seconds.
The last double clear round was for the Canadian Mario Deslauriers along with the 8-year-old mare Bardolina (Clarimo x Landos) achieving a time of 35.71 seconds and the fifth place finished in hands of American Catherine Nicole Tyree with the 11-year-old gelding Bokai (Up to Date x Olympic Ferro) in course of 8 fouls and 36.94 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina was the best placed in 11th place to add World Ranking Points, finishing a 4 fouls regular round in 75.58 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Colorado (Coronas x Lenardo), while Mexican rider Alberto Michán escorted him in 12th place next to 11-year-old gelding Gc Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) completing the same 4 foulss in 76.11 seconds.
Out of the points between Latinos finished was Puerto Rican Vasco Flores in 27th place with the 9-year-old gelding Cliff Z (Canturano x Quasimodo Z), Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo followed him in 31st with the 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist) and Argentine rider Ramiro Quintana totaled 17 fouls in 36th with the 9-year-old mare Iluna (Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof x Darco).