Kent Farrington showed that he is one to count with in Geneva when he took his second big win for the weekend, going to the top in the prestigious Champions' Challenge on Saturday evening. The 1.60 winning round class had 25 of the world’s best riders in it, but like yesterday none of them could match the US rider – this time riding Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant). Only four riders went clear around the first round track, and two of them were also the ones to end up on the podium – in addition to Farrington, Patrice Delaveau and Reed Kessler rode double clears to end second and third.
It was an exciting second round, where the four clears were joined by four more riders – whereas three were on one time penalty – Luciana Diniz, Nadja Steiner and Philippe Le Jeune – and one on four faults; Tiffany Foster.
As last to go in the second round, Kent Farrington and Blue Angel displayed some serious speed and power. Kent used the 11 year old mare’s natural fast gallop on the two final long stretches to his advantage, and shaved off no less than 0.36 seconds on then-leader Patrice Delaveau’s time on Lacrimoso HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle) to push him down to second. Reed Kessler and Cos I Can (Olympic Lux x Harlequin du Carel) took third after a fantastic second round, their biggest achievement together so far.
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