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Laura Chapot speeds to another win in Wellington

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Laura Chapot and Umberto. Photo by Sportfot.Week six of the FTI WEF is on, and the first 1.45 class was  speed class with 21 entries and 11 clears. Chapot and Umberto (Celano x Roderik) were the final entry in the ring. They were chasing a time of 62.215 seconds set by Ben Maher and Quite Easy 4. They darted through the course and easily lowered the winning time to 60.795 seconds. Third place went to David McPherson riding Leonitas, who finished in 62.386 seconds.

Chapot said of her round, "I watched the one that was leading and I thought he was practically unbeatable. I just wanted to go out and do my plan with that horse. Oftentimes he's much faster than he appears, so I just hoped that I was going to be fast enough because I knew Ben was going to be really hard to catch."

 
With Umberto's efficiency in the air, they were able to do just that. She described, "He's a lot of fun to ride and he's very careful. He really enjoys his job and likes to go fast. He's not very big, but that suits me because I'm not very big either. He's very efficient. For a little horse, he covers the ground pretty well too."
 
Chapot got the ride on Umberto a year ago, and the horse came from Irish rider Cian O'Connor. "He was actually pretty green at the time, so he'd been doing the 1.40m. We're just trying to start moving up to this division now," she explained. "He definitely has the ability to do it, he just lacks a little bit of experience. Hopefully he'll stay at this level now and we'll keep moving forward."

Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers Time First Round


1   UMBERTO  LAURA CHAPOT   MARY CHAPOT: 0/60.795 
2   QUITE EASY 4  BEN MAHER   MRS. PHILLIPS: 0/62.215 
3   LEONITAS  DAVID MCPHERSON   DAVID MCPHERSON & GERHARD AND MARION MUTER: 0/62.386 
4   LENNOX LEWIS 2  LESLIE HOWARD   PETER HOWARD: 0/62.789 
5  WISTFUL  ASHLEE BOND   LITTLE VALLEY FARM: 0/64.587 
6   SPIRIT MAGIC  MANUEL ALVAREZ   MANUEL ALVAREZ: 0/65.847 
7   SHOOTING STAR  LAURA CHAPOT   MARY CHAPOT: 0/66.164 
8   UNIQUE IX  TINA FLETCHER   TINA FLETCHER: 0/66.657 
9   SIL  GEOFFREY CASE   GROUP C LLC: 0/68.393 
10   NOLDE  HARDIN TOWELL   HARDIN TOWELL: 0/68.746 
11   CROSSING JORDAN  NICOLAS PIZARRO   NICOLAS PIZARRO: 0/69.808 
12   KEEP IT SIMPLE  HANNAH ISOP  TRACY FREELS: 4/66.567

Source: Press release Jennifer Wood Media Inc.

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