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Karl Cook and Uno de Laubry win $53,000 Chartis Grand Prix at HITS Thermal

Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Karl Cook & Uno de Laubry win the final FEI World Cup Grand Prix of the 2012 Winter Circuit. Photo by Flying Horse Photography.It was standing room only in the indoor arena at HITS Thermal on Saturday as Karl Cook and Uno de Laubry came out on top in the final FEI World Cup Grand Prix of the 2012 Winter Circuit. Cook has been chasing a win in the indoor arena at HITS Thermal for several weeks and found it in the $53,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

Clear rounds were hard to come by over Marina Azevedo’s track and only five pairs advanced to the jump-off. Antonio Maurer; John McConnell; John Perez of and Chris Pratt joined Cook in the second round, which featured the return of seven obstacles. “Karl was a very deserving winner. We had five clean and I thought that was just right for a World Cup qualifier,” said Azevedo. “I think the most challenging part of the course was the triple combination right along the Charles Owen VIP Club. The guests in that section got to see that up close and personal.”

After the first four jump-off rounds, Cook entered the ring with one thing on his mind – to go clean. Azevedo was proved right, however, and Uno de Laubry took down the back rail of the seventh fence – an airy oxer at the b fence of the original 11a-b-c combination. “It was tough track and I am thrilled to take home the win,” said Cook. “Winning a World Cup qualifier against some of the best riders in the world is a rush. I thank HITS for putting on such a great event.”

With only one rider behind him in the jump-off, Cook raced the clocked and posted the fastest four fault round in a time of 37.54 seconds to secure the victory.

$53,000 Chartis Grand Prix CSI2*W, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

1    Uno de Laubry/ Karl Cook 0-4    37.54
2    Katie Riddle /John McConnell 0-4    43.65
3    Utopia/ John Perez 0- 4    44.05
4    Cruise/Chris Pratt 0-8    40.47
5    Callao/ Antonio Maurer  0-12    39.43
6    Taunus/Francie Steinwedell-Carvin  4    -    -
7    Lariccello/ Helen McNaught 4    -    -
8    Green Sleeps Vioco/Mark Watring  4    -    -
9    Flexible/Rich Fellers  4    -    -
10    Caballo/ Helen McNaught 4    -    -
11    Mr. Whoopy/Duncan McFarlane 4    -    -
12    WH-Carthage/Beda Wachter  4    -    -

Source: Press release from

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