Kent Farrington's winning streak continues, as the American rider opened up the CSIO5* event in Rome with a win in Thursday's 1.45 class. Riding Cha Cha Cha 7 (Chacco Blue x Quick Star), Farrington left Ireland's Alex Duffy behind him on Wrangler II (Padinus x Burggraaf). Both riders were double clear, but Farrington slightly faster with 0.17 seconds down to Duffy. Third place went to Ukraine's Cassio Rivetti on Cassiana (Cassinus x Come On).
And yet again, Farrington proved unbeatable when he took his second win of the day in the 1.50 class with a jump-off. It seemed the home crowd might have plenty to shout about when Luca Moneta set a brilliant pathfinding target of 35.87 seconds when first against the clock with Quova de Vains (Robin II Z x Narcos II). But Farrington proved untouchable again when, third to go with Waomi (Lupicor x Boreas), he breezed home in 35.75 seconds to clinch it.
Asked afterwards about his gift for finding places on the course where he can save those ever-so-valuable fractions of seconds, the American rider just shrugged his shoulders and smiled, saying “I always have a plan, even if I can’t exactly stick to it - I always try to do what suits the individual horse, to play to their strengths so they finish feeling good about themselves. That roll-back to the vertical before the double at the end worked out really well for us today” he added.
It was down to the serious business in Thursday afternoon’s qualifier for Sunday’s Loro Piana City of Rome Grand Prix in which Sergio Alvarez Moya set an early target with G & C Quitador Rochelais (Jarnac x Unau du Fonteny) and couldn’t be caught.
The Spanish rider has been showing great recent form with this 11-year-old gelding, and racked up a fifth place against tough competition at La Baule last week. Today his time of 64.90 seconds was too good for the rest, but runner-up, Belgium’s Francois Mathy Jr, was only 0.8 seconds behind partnering Team Harmony’s Diamant de Semilly-mare Polinska Des Isles while America’s Laura Kraut steered the promising nine-year-old, Deauville (Diamant de Semilly x Lux), into third ahead of Ireland’s Billy Twomey and the veteran Tinka’s Serenade (Tinka's Boy x African Drum) that is twice the age of Kraut’s gelding. In fifth place was Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca with the nine-year-old Gangster de Longchamps (Orlando x Sheyenne de Baugy) which he competes for Stephex Stables.
Source: Press release from CSIO Roma
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