McLain Ward (USA) made it two wins in a row today, this time with Louisburg Farm's Esplanade 7 in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumpers. He guided Esplanade 7 to victory in a jump-off time of 38.883 seconds over 60 other entries in the class. Second place went to Darragh Kenny (IRL) on Obelix, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, who finished in 40.464 seconds. Hillary Dobbs (USA) and The Dobbs Group's Udento VDL were third in 40.516 seconds.
"I was thrilled with her. She's coming back off an injury and she was out for a year," Ward said. "They (Louisburg Farm) did a beautiful job rehabbing her. We cruised around on Wednesday and today opened her up a little bit. She's a very fast horse, it's not like you really have to put the pedal to the metal, and she's experienced. But she felt really good. It's nice to start her circuit off with a win, and we hope she can win a lot of other classes this year." Although they went early in the class, Ward felt confident going into the immediate jump-off. "I know her well and where she can make up time. She can turn quite tight. She's just a very efficient horse. I didn't feel like I had to press her hard anywhere. It was just kind of neat. You know what to expect with her," he said.
Hillary Dobbs has returned to her winning ways as she and Marengo, owned by The Dobbs Group, took the top prize in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Dobbs and the well-known speedster Marengo took the win in 60.343 seconds over Nicolas Paillot and Olympic de Chamant, who finished in 62.428 seconds. Luis Larrazabal (VEN) and G&C Lepanto were third.
The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue tomorrow. The highlight class of the week, the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix, will start at 7 p.m.
Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Time First Jump-off
1 ESPLANADE 7, MCLAIN WARD: 0/0/38.883
2 OBELIX, DARRAGH KENNY: 0/0/40.464
3 UDENTO VDL, HILLARY DOBBS: 0/0/40.516
4 UMBERTO, LAURA CHAPOT: 0/0/40.568
5 SIRI, SHANE SWEETNAM: 0/0/42.062
6 SYRAH, MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY: 0/0/42.154
7 FERRERO K, AMY MILLAR: 0/0/42.380
8 WANNAHAVE, DARRAGH KENNY: 0/0/42.506
9 ALLIGATOR ALLEY, CIAN O'CONNOR: 0/0/43.730
10 LANSDOWNE, YANN CANDELE: 0/0/45.407
11 URICO, MARIO DESLAURIERS: 0/0/46.927
12 COSTA RICA Z, AMY MILLAR: 0/4/40.178
Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge
1 MARENGO, HILLARY DOBBS: 0/60.343
2 OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT, NICOLAS PAILLOT: 0/62.428
3 G & C LEPANTO, LUIS LARRAZABAL: 0/63.594
4 QUARTERLETTO, DARRAGH KENNY: 0/67.808
5 QUINLAN, SCHUYLER RILEY: 0/69.292
6 DANCER, LAUREN CROOKS: 0/72.693
7 OCEANE DE NANTUEL, MARIE HECART: 2/78.194
8 BRADBERRY, LAURA CHAPOT: 4/61.869
9 TORNADO, ANDREW WELLES: 4/70.786
10 S & L WHAT NOU, DARRAGH KERINS: 4/74.493
11 WAUW, JUAN ORTIZ: 4/74.818
12 PLAY ON, VICTORIA BIRDSALL: 4/75.398
Source:Jennifer Wood Media, Inc
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