Another big class of 79 starters kicked off day 3 of the Biogen Maple Ridge World Cup Qualifier.
The course was exciting, with the 1.30m two-phase beginning with a few unexpected thrills and spills courtesy of the water tray to the double.
Gregory Scott came in at number 10 on his first ride Habibi S and jumped clear in what looked like a tough-to-beat time. He held the lead for quite some time until young rider Gemma Nel cantered around on her trusty Belvedere at number 45, stealing the lead away. Gemma was ecstatic (as was the whole support team!)
The top placings started to juggle towards the end of the class, as Michelle Flemming and Plasticolors Masterbatch Way To Go came in and took the lead but didn’t hold on to it for long as Gregory Scott came back in on his third ride, Callaho Laretto, to reclaim it.
Shortly after Zandi Alcock entered on her long-time partner, the ever-excitable Thoroughbred gelding Favour the Bold and effortlessly cantered into the lead. Amongst the last few to go was the multi-talented Paul Hart, normally spotted in the open fields eventing. Paul gave it a go on his 9yo Gelding Omni De Muze, but couldn’t quite catch Zandi, so he settled for second place.
The Top Six
1st Zandi Alcock & Favour The Bold
2nd Paul Hart & Omini De Muze
3rd Gregory Scott & Callaho Laretto
4th Michelle Flemming & Plasticolors Masterbatch Way To Go
5th Gemma Nel & Belvedere
6th Nicola Sime Riley & Concaro
With some exceptionally speedy combinations, we will surely be in for a very exciting 1.30m Championships tomorrow!