Billy Raymont and Anton take the World Cup Qualifier in Sale
Sixteen combinations tackled the Gavin Chester designed course at The Elms Showjumping World Cup Qualifier this afternoon in Sale, Victoria. With heavy conditions on the track, Chester allowed more time than the standard 350m per minute for course completion. Even though there was a relatively small field for this 7th leg of the 2018/2019 season, we enjoyed an exhilarating competition as riders battled it out for valuable World Cup Points .
It was the second combination out, Ally Lamb (current Victorian Senior Champion) and her World Cup nominated horse Denison Park Combat who produced the first clear round of the competition in a time of 82.88.
Zoe Boulton and her mare Valcheta in their first World Cup Qualifier class had a lovely round to finish on just 4 faults – a fantastic achievement on this challenging track. Like Boulton, the next combination out, 18 year old Clay Simmonds and Oaks Castanza, also in their first World Cup start, finished on 4 faults but well under the time allowed, in 79.67 seconds.
The second clear of Round 1 was delivered by last year’s Australian World Cup League winners Billy Raymont and Anton in 83.61 seconds. Recently returned from Europe, Raymont has been building up Anton’s fitness and the combination had a great round.
Experienced local competitor Andrew Lamb and CP Argento delivered the third clear of the round in a time of 85.42. The fourth clear came from Merrick Ubank and Alantinus in another quick time of 54.50.
With two combinations remaining, Brooke Langbecker and Quintago 1, who have been placing consistently all year, had a great ride to give us the 5th and final clear of Round 1.
As per World Cup Qualifier rules, the top twelve combinations came back for the jump off, carrying their faults from Round 1. Brook Dobbin and Equador MVNZ managed the best round of the 8 faulters, adding only 4 faults to their total.
Tesse Cooke and Heatherton Park Alfonz had a lovely round, picking up only 4 additional faults, to take her into the lead early in the jump off.
To take the lead from Cooke, Aaron Hadlow and Vahlinvader (winners of the Gatton World Cup Qualifier) needed to jump clear, or only have one rail, in a time quicker than 63.70. Ending the round on 4 faults in a time of 60.09, Hadlow rose straight to the top of the pack.
Clay Simmonds and Oaks Castanza took a couple of superb lines to deliver the first clear round of the jump off in a super fast time of 53.43 to remain on their 4 faults and rocket into the lead.
With only three combinations remaining, all with zero penalties carried forward, we reached the pointy end of the competition. Billy Raymont and Anton entered the arena, aiming to remain on zero penalties and not only take the lead, but pick up the $1000 bonus for jumping double clear. A clear round it was, and in fact turned out to be the only double clear of the class. Ally Lamb and Denison Park Combat unfortunately picked up 12 penalties in the jump off and were out of the race. It all came down to Merrick Ubank and Alantinus, however a lost stirrup and a rail down at the second fence relegated them to third place.
Congratulations to all the competitors for taking up the challenge, in the less than ideal Sale weather, and giving us a great 7th World Cup Qualifier round for the 2018/2019 season. We look forward to the next round at SIEC in early December.
The top 12 positions from this 7th leg are below.
|2nd||Clay Simmonds||Oaks Castanza|
|4th||Brooke Langbecker||Quintago 1|
|5th||Andrew Lamb||CP Argento|
|7th||Tesse Cook||Heatherton Park Alfonz|
|9th||Katie Laurie||Esteban MVNZ|
|10th||Ally Lamb||Denison Park Combat|
|11th||Brook Dobbin||Equador MVNZ|
|12th||Nelson Smyth||Laurel Glen Lucky Time|