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Suncor Winning Round to McLain Ward at Spruce Meadows 'Masters'

Saturday, 09 September 2017
CSIO5* Spruce Meadows 'Masters' 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
McLain Ward and HH Carlos went to the top in the Suncor Winning Round. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Saturday's CSIO5* $130,000 1.50m Suncor Winning Round at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' went to McLain Ward (USA) and his speedy HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire).

The class consisted of 29 riders, and the 10 best qualified for the winning round – which saw eight clears, one rider with a time fault and one rider with two time faults move on to compete against the clock. All riders started on a clean sheet for the second round though.

It was a long course for the winning round with nine fences and ten jumps spread over the huge grassarena. It started off with the first two fences from round one, then a long stretch to the a-element of the previous combination, a right turn to a new combination for the winning round, a left turn to no. 16 – also a new fence – a right turn to the Suncor oxer, a left turn to a vertical, straight on to an oxer and then ended with a long stretch to the last vertical.

Jenn Serek (CAN) kicked off the winning round, riding Wicked (Eurocommerce Berlin x Diamant de Semilly). With a fault on the b-element Serek finished the course with four faults. Then it was time for Beezie Madden (USA) with the 8-year-old HHS Hercules (unknown breeding). Madden didn’t take to much risk, and ended the course clear in 59.77 seconds.

Cian O’Connor (IRL) speeded it up properly with Callisto (Quasimodo Z x Jokinal de Bernival), but that caused him eight faults so the European team gold medalist slowed down. Another one who went all in was McLain Ward with HH Carlos. With short turns and full speed they ended the winning round in 55.11 seconds to take the lead. 

Zazou Hoffman (USA) with W Zermie 13 (Rubert R x Voltaire) looked like they wanted to be in the top, and got a great flow throughout the course but with the last fence falling the American rider dropped down the ranks. Next out was Yuri Mansur Guerios (BRA) with Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines), who also had to see a pole fall and went in right behind Hoffman.

Patrick Stühlmeyer (GER) didn’t take much risk and cleared the course in 64.57 seconds. Sameh El Dahan (EGY) did go all in on the other hand, riding the 10-year-old WKD Diva (Balourado x T Hors La Loi II). El Dahan did take longer turns than the riders before him, but the speed made up for it so he finished the course in 55.82 seconds – going in second.

Eric Lamaze (CAN) really wanted to improve his runner-up positions from the last days with Chacco Kid (Chacco Blue x Come On), but even though he tried he ended up in third place. Last to go was Luciana Diniz (POR) with Winningmood (Darco x Cassini I), a very exceptional 18-year-old – still fit on the fourth day of jumping the big classes. The two couldn’t really catch the best times though, and had to settle for fourth place this time around. 


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