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Youngest Azcarraga clinches Banorte Cup in Guadalajara

Saturday, 28 January 2017
CSI4*-W Guadalajara 2017

Photo (c) Anwar Esquivel. Andres Azcarraga with Al Capone. Photo (c) Anwar Esquivel.

Juan Carlos Alvarez del Castillo scored the first win of yesterday morning on the third day of the Triple Copa Scappino CSI4*-W aboard Puertas Liz in the $15,000 EQ Cup.  Andres Azcarraga and Al Capone (Candillo x Argentinus) claimed the $35,000 Banorte Cup, edging out both his father Jaime and brother Gonzalo in a jump-off of thirteen horses.

FEI course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. designed a challenging track set at 1.45m that narrowed the field of forty-seven riders down to a jump-off of thirteen.  Similar to Thursday, the time allowed played a role, with four horse and rider combinations scoring one time fault and missing the chance to compete over the shortened course.  Rails fell throughout the track, including the heartbreak final oxer that caused a handful their only faults on course. 

Of the thirteen who advanced to the jump-off, three were members of the Azcarraga family.  The father of the family and veteran show jumper Jaime kicked things off on For Fashion (For Pleasure x Contender) with a speedy time of 36.57 but two rails.  Next to go, Andres, the younger of the two Azcarraga sons in the jump-off, finished fault-free and with a time just one-hundredth of a second quicker than his father’s.  After eleven more attempts to beat the young rider, including Gonzalo who scored eight faults like his father, not one could catch Andres’s double-clear effort.  Of those who finished with a faster time, each one scored four faults. 

Twenty-three-year-old Andres noted that although the family members are competitive with one another, they give each other pointers.  Since he and his father went back-to-back, they did not have time to exchange words between trips. “Sometimes it’s like war,” Andres said with a laugh. “But I did tell my brother a few things before he went in.”

Andres works full-time, so he wasn’t able to make Thursday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier class. He made up for it with a superb performance yesterday. 

Mexico’s Patricio Pasquel piloted Careyes (Converter x Landgold) to second place behind Andres.  He took a slightly more careful track to the final fence. “I went a little wider there, wanting to go clean.  Too many other riders had that rail down,” he explained. 

Source: Press release from Triple Copa Scappino CSI4*-W / Picture © Anwar Esquivel

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