Great Britain's Scott Brash guided Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof to victory in Saturday night's $200,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 4* presented by The Bainbridge Companies at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). In a suspenseful jump-off, Brash beat out Richard Spooner (USA) and Cristallo, and Kent Farrington (USA) and Voyeur, who finished second and third.
Forty-five entries showed in tonight's World Cup qualifier. Eleven cleared the first round course without fault and returned for an exciting jump-off. The nations of France, Ireland, Great Britain, Russia, Canada and the United States were all represented. Nine entries cleared the jump-off course.
Ireland's Andrew Bourns and Roundthorn Madios were the first pair to clear the jump-off course and finished seventh overall with their time of 41.79 seconds. Fellow Irishman Kevin Babington bested that with his clear round in 40.51 seconds aboard Mark Q to finish in fifth place.
Great Britain's Tina Fletcher and Ursula XII, completed the course in 45.84 seconds to place ninth. Russia's Ljubov Kochetova also cleared the short course aboard Aslan and stopped the clock in 45.82 seconds to earn eighth place honors.
Canada's Ian Millar lowered the winning time to 39.90 seconds aboard Star Power to eventually finish in fourth place. Kent Farrington and Voyeur immediately followed and pushed the mark down to 38.19 seconds, which would place third.Lauren Hough (USA) and Blue Angel were next to return and stopped the clock in 40.86 seconds to earn the sixth place prize.
The final two competitors were Scott Brash and Richard Spooner, whose times were separated by just 3/10ths of a second for the top prize. Brash and Sanctos Van Het Granvehof were first to compete and jumped into the lead with their time of 37.27 seconds. Spooner and Cristallo jumped last and stopped the clock in 37.52 seconds, just shy of the mark, to finish second.
The fastest round of the night belonged to Marie Hecart of France with Haras De La Roque's Myself De Breve. The pair completed the short course in 37.03 seconds, but dropped a rail at the last fence and finished in tenth place.
Class winner Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof is a ten-year-old SBS gelding by Quasimodo Vd Molendreef x Nabab De Reve. He is a new mount for Brash as of January, and the pair has already had great success together, including a win earlier this week in Thursday's $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 Section B.
Brash deemed tonight's win one of the biggest of his career, and the $60,000 first place prize his highest pay day yet. "This was definitely one of my best wins for sure," he admitted. "Toronto was also a good win. I have not won so many top classes. I have only won two World Cups and been to the championships, but I have not won a big, big grand prix like this. It's high up there."
Final Results:$200,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 4* Presented by The Bainbridge Companies
1. SANCTOS VAN HET GRAVENHOF: 2002 SBS gelding by Quasimodo Vd Molendreef x Nabab De Reve
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Lady Harris And Lady Kirkham: 0/0/37.27
2. CRISTALLO: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Caretino x Cicero
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Show Jumping Syndications International: 0/0/37.52
3. VOYEUR: 2002 KWPN gelding by Tolano Van't Riethof x Goodwill
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/0/38.19
4. STAR POWER: 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quick Star
IAN MILLAR (CAN), Team Works: 0/0/39.90
5. MARK Q: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Obos Quality 004 x Positively
KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/0/40.51
6. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Robin Parsky: 0/0/40.86
7. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill
ANDREW BOURNS (IRL), Andrew Bourns: 0/0/41.79
8. ASLAN: 2000 Danish Warmblood gelding by Aston x Blue Hors Agent
LJUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Ljubov Kochetova: 0/0/45.82
9. URSULA XII: 2001 Scottish Sport Horse mare by Ahorn x Papageno
TINA FLETCHER (GBR), Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham: 0/0/45.84
10. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur
MARIE HECART (FRA), Haras De La Rogue: 0/4/37.03
11. OCEANE DE NANTUEL: 2002 SFA mare by Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ecurie Michel Hecart: 0/4/39.77
12. SPRINGTIME: 1999 KWPN gelding by Indorado x Elmshorn
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 1/90.06
Source; Jennifer Wood Media Inc
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