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Victor Segovia secures victory in Country Heir II Grand Prix

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Victor Segovia and Romeo. Photo by Jack Mancini. Victor Segovia of Venezuela jumped to victory in the $60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix on Sunday, June 16, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The 36-year-old topped a competitive field of 24 to take the win aboard Romeo, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by The Romeo Group.

Only four riders managed to contest the first round track cleanly to advance to the jump-off. Segovia put in a second clear performance in a time of 43.96 seconds to secure the win. The only other rider to jump fault-free was Juan Ortiz, also of Venezuela, who finished runner-up aboard Accordance with a time of 45.35 seconds. Ireland's Shane Sweetnam riding Fine Man incurred four faults to take third while David Beisel and Ammeretto placed fourth with an eight-fault total.

"Lately, I've been trying to go fast at the beginning of the jump-off and by the end, Romeo gets strong and I have trouble turning," said Segovia, who came back first in the jump-off order. "This time, we decided to go for a nice, clear round; we didn't do the inside turns or try to leave strides out. Our strategy was to let those who followed do the inside turns and leave out strides and see if they made a mistake. Shane and David are very fast, and even though Juan has a naturally slower horse than mine, I was worried as I had been conservative in my track and knew that I had left the door open."

Source: Press release from Jennifer Ward / www.startinggate.ca

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