Darragh Kenny triumphs on a new ride in Wellington

Ireland's Darragh Kenny won the $130k 3* grand prix under floodlights on new ride Red Star D'Argent at WEF 6, Wellington, in a three way decider from 42 starters. The 11-year-old Quick Star stallion, previously ridden by Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya, joined Darragh in January to be sold. "I've been getting to know him these last few weeks, he's jumped a lot of good rounds but with an unlucky fence down. I've jumped a few 1.50m classes, but this was our first grand prix and I didn't feel 100% comfortable I knew him and had the right bridle, but he felt fantastic," said Darragh. "He's very easy to turn and turns even better when you turn him back to fences, he really tries and is really careful with a good technique, so it makes it easy." Laura Chapot (ISHD Dual Star) took second with and Sayre Happy (Ludwig's Joker B) third over the Richard Jeffery designed track. Brits Amanda Derbyshire (Lady Maria BH) had five faults in round one and Nick Skelton (Untouched) incurred eight faults. Stacey Babes and Little Beach won the seven-year-old and, added to their third and ninth on prevous day's, was declared week six seven-year-old champion. George Whitaker was fifth in the six-year-old on Billy Alabama and Nick Skelton (F One USA) incurred four faults. Gemma Paternoster was fifth on Demi in the 1.40m.

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