Clint Beresford goes 1, 2 to win the first World Cup Qualifier of the season
Clint Beresford has started the World Cup Qualifier season in fine style to win the FEI Caboolture World Cup Qualifier on his 11 year old gelding SL Donato. To make the win even sweeter, Beresford also took out 2nd place on Emmaville Jitterbug.
Only 4 combinations went clear in Round 1 (Clint Beresford on Emmaville Jitterbug, Erin Buswell on Quero Quero, Clem Smith on Alite and Aaron Hadlow on Vahlinvader). However with the top twelve being brought back for the jump-off, carrying their penalties from Round 1, it was destined to be an exciting race to the podium and wide open for any of the combinations.
Although Beresford and SL Donato carried 4 penalties into the jump-off, they were the only combination to go clear and, with the fasted time of all the 4 faulters, took out the class. Beresford on the ever-impressive Emmaville Jitterbug had an unfortunate rail at the second last, but with the fastest time in the round it was enough to give them 2nd place.
Erin Buswell on Quero Quero and Aaron Hadlow on Vahlinvader also finished on 4 penalties with Buswell taking out 3rd Place and Hadlow 4th.
Congratulations to the top twelve:
1st Clint Beresford – SL Donato
2nd Clint Beresford – Emmaville Jitterbug
3rd Erin Buswell – Quero Quero
4th Aaron Hadlow – Vahlinvader
5th Matt Kidson – Calgary GNZ
6th Kate Hinschen – Finch Farm Cadel
7th Tom McDermott – Diamont
8th Tom McDermott – Elegance de La Charmille
9th Clem Smith – Alite
10th Merrick Ubank – Alantinus
11th Brooke Langbecker – Quintago 1
12th Katie Laurie – Cera Caruso