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Prudent and Vasco show early speed for victory in the $6,000 Shell Energy Cup

Friday, 12 July 2013

Adam Prudent and Vasco in their victory gallop for the $6,000 Shell Energy Cup. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.Thursday’s schedule at Spruce Meadows began with the $6,000 Shell Energy Cup 1.45m competition, held in the All Canada Ring, with 32 entries jumping a course set by Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal. The one round speed competition saw nine clear rounds with a win for Adam Prudent (FRA) riding Katie Prudent’s Vasco, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Andiamo x Clinton. The pair took an early lead, seventh in the order of go, and could not be beat with their faultless round in a blazing fast time of 69.62 seconds.

Brianne Goutal (USA) and Cloverleaf Farm’s Uata made a great effort in 70.68 seconds to finish in reserve. Leslie Howard and Peter Howard’s Lennox Lewis 2 had the first clear round of the class in 73.22 seconds to place third. Belgium’s Francois Mathy and Opus PSG cleared the course in 74.20 seconds and finished in fourth place.

“Vasco is a new horse that I just purchased before Calgary, so I have had him for six weeks now,” Prudent said of his winning mount. “He has come up quite well. We started him out in the 1.30m and now he is winning in the 1.45m. He has had results in every division since I have moved him up. He was doing 1.45m, 1.50m in Europe, but this is the first time I have shown him at this height and he is doing great.”

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam was the only rider to top Prudent’s time, completing the course in 67.10 seconds aboard Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083, but four faults left the pair out of the ribbons. Prudent explained that his speed with Vasco came easily.

“I just let him open up his stride,”Prudent stated. “I didn’t even really try to go fast. He is just a naturally fast horse I think and it worked out for the best.” "He is a very careful horse, very scopey, a great horse all in all,” Prudent added. “He is very calm. Once you start jumping he becomes a little hotter and goes towards the rail, but he is a very easy horse to deal with. I haven’t shown him on anything but grass so far, but he loves the big open fields and he loves opening up his stride.”

Prudent and Vasco will head back to Europe after this week’s competition where they will compete in Dinard and then Valkenswaard. “He is a sale horse, so if he is not sold after that I might go to Arezzo for two weeks and then there is a month tour in Morocco that I might take him to. He will definitely step up. He is a horse that I bought to possibly do 1.60m. He has a lot of potential and a lot of scope.”

Final Results: $6,000 Shell Energy Cup 1.45m

1. VASCO: 2002 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Clinton
ADAM PRUDENT (FRA), Katie Prudent: 0/69.62

2. UATA: 2001 KWPN mare by Heartbreaker x Zuidhorn
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farms:0/70.68

3. LENNOX LEWIS 2: 1999 Oldenburg gelding by Laureatus x Weizenkorn
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Peter Howard: 0/73.22

4. OPUS PSG: 2000 Holsteiner gelding by Contender x Landego
FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Francois Mathy: 0/74.20

5. ACORADUS: 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by Acorado I x Solos Candtinus
ALEC LAWLER (USA), Torben Jensen: 0/79.25

6. CASTELLA: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Unknown x Unknown
SARAH MOSS (CAN), 1697378 Alberta Ltd: 0/80.00

7. SANTA CATARINA LS LA SILLA: 2001 Warmblood mare by Santo Domino La Silla x Cor de la Bryere
BRETTON CHAD (CAN), Stone Ridge Farms LLC: 0/80.49

8. LUCKY LORD 20: 2002 Bayern gelding by Lux Z x Lord Z
JENNIFER GODDARD (USA), Ahlmann Sportpferde Gmbh: 0/82.66

9. ALFI: 2003 Argentine gelding by Unknown x Unknown
MICHELLE NAVARRO-GRAU (PER), Michelle Navarro-Grau: 0/82.79

10. CANDY GIRL: 2002 Holsteiner mare by Coranado x Lorentin I
ALEXANDER GRAYTON (CAN), Grayton Farms Ltd: 1/83.50

11. HH WILCO: 2003 KWPN gelding by Nabab de Reve x Fedor
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 1/86.28

12. NEWTON DU HAUT BOIS: 2001 French Trotter gelding by Cumano x Quat Sous
CAMERON HANLEY (IRL), Eleonore Paschoude & Yves Bouvier: 2/87.42

Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Services

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