Adding four wins in the 2017 Wellington season, Todd Minikus wins his first Grand Prix during the $216,000 Ariat Grand Prix CSI 4*. Alberto Michán of México the best by the Latin Ranking. (Photo © Sportfot)
The American rider Todd Minikus took the win in the fourth Grand Prix of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival season with the 12-year-old mare Babalou 41 (Balou du Rouet x Silvio I) owned by Two Swans Farm.
Disputing the $216,000 Ariat Grand Prix CSI 4* designed by American Steve Stephens, Minikus raffled a complicated course at Derby Field for a total of 32 pair, but only 3 returned to the jump-off, where the winner stopped the clock in 38.79 seconds to be credited 130 World-wide Ranking points.
The second position and last double clear round was for the Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya, obtaining a time of 40.30 seconds with the 9-year-old mare G&C Unicstar of L’Aumone (Ninio de Rox x Timorrak des Isles) owned by Alvarez Moya Horse SL, while the big surprise was Jennifer Gates marking the first perfect round of the regular round and first clear round of the tiebreaker, but it exceeded the time, being penalized with 2 faults in 51,28 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Pumped Up Kicks (Levisto X San Juan) owned by Evergates Stable LLC.
For the Latin Ranking, it was better located the Mexican Alberto Michán finishing in the 14th position, to add FEI Ranking points with Viva Colombia (Couleur-Rubin x Landor S) completing his field in 4 fouls and 83.64 seconds. He was followed by the leader of the Latin Ranking Samuel Parot of Chile occupying the 20th position, Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela in 22nd place, Pedro Muylaert of Brazil in 26th and Santiago Lambre of Mexico retired.