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Martin Fuchs captures FEI $35,700 CP Welcome Stake at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic CSI4*-W presented by Suncast®

Friday, 01 February 2019
CSI4*-W CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic 2019

Photo (c) Kathy Russell Photography. Martin Fuchs and Cristo. Photo (c) Kathy Russell Photography.

Thursday’s feature class at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic CSI4*-W presented by Suncast, yielded an international podium with Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs taking the top prize on Cristo (Cristo x Stakkato) in the FEI $35,700 CP Welcome Stake. Daniel Coyle of Ireland was second on Quintin (Quaprice Z x Emilion) and Daniel Bluman of Israel was third on Entano (Namelus R x Numero Uno). 

This was the first time in Florida and at Deeridge Farms for Fuchs and the individual Silver Medalist from the 2018 World Equestrian Games nearly made a rookie mistake. “I walked it as a two-phase class, but when Daniel was going I realized it was a normal speed class. Normally that doesn’t happen to me because I am usually quite on it, but somehow, I missed that part. So, it was good for me to see a few riders go,” said Fuchs. “I have a very fast and careful horse so I knew I wouldn’t have to do something crazy to beat them, so I just tried to do the same round as they had done trusting in the speed of my horse to be a little faster at the end.”

The rain held off which made the class exciting as the 67 starters sped around the Alan Wade-designed course yielding 13 quick clear rounds, although second place finisher Coyle found it intimidating for his young horse Quintin. “This is my horse’s first time here. As a nine-year-old he’s a little green, but I’m hoping he’s good and then we'll do the World Cup class on Sunday,” said Coyle who is the defending champion in Sunday’s $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington. “I love it here and have always had good results. I can’t complain about anything. I will keep coming back.”

Bluman will keep coming back as well. “When you are riding in a venue like this where the footing is good and the jumps are as nice as this and you have a great course designer, the horse gets better every time he jumps. This is the perfect venue to come and jump as much as you can.”

Competition continues on Friday with the $71,200 Suncast® Palm Beach Masters Qualifier which determines the field for Sunday’s culminating event, the $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington.


Press release from Palm Beach Masters

Photo © Kathy Russell Photography

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