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Khaled Al Eid gave an impressive performance at Spruce Meadows on Sunday, riding Presley Boy ( by Concorde) to victory in the Friends of the Meadows World Cup Grand Prix. The victory in the final event of the Spruce Meadows “Masters” preview tournament was the first ever for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in international competition at Spruce Meadows.
“It has been a dream of mine since I first rode here as a junior in 1992,” said Al Eid following the victory. “For us, Spruce Meadows is the best and to win here is very important for our entire team. With a horse like Presley Boy you always have a chance,” he added about his 14 year old black stallion who is just returning to competition after a six week rest.
Twentythree horse/rider combinations, representing eleven nations started the event with eight of them advancing to the jump-off. Khaled Al Eid was first to go in the jump-off and could not be caught by the seven riders that followed. His margin of victory was 4/10 of a second over American Richard Spooner riding Cristallo (by Caletto II). The young and talented German rider Andreas Kreuzer was third on Jumex Sport Atlantus (by Quickfeuer van Koekshof) – also he double clear.
The horses will now have a couple of days to rest prior to competition commencing in the $2 million Spruce Meadows “Masters” on Wednesday.
Top five in the World Cup Grand Prix:
1. Khaled Al Eid, KSA - Presley Boy (0-0, 52.61)
2. Richard Spooner, USA – Cristallo (0-0, 53.05)
3. Andreas Kreuzer, GER - Jumex Sport Atlantus (0-0, 53.77)
4. Peter Charles, GBR - Murkas Vindicat W (0-0, 53.87)
5. Ian Millar, CAN - Star Power (0-0, 53.97)
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows
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