Ireland's Darragh Kenny headed the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF challenge cup round 11 with Red Star d'Argent. From a field of 65, 17 reached the jump-off with Darragh winning by an amazing 0.01 sec.
The 11-year-old selle Francais, Quick Star gelding was sent to Darragh this winter by Spain's Sergio Moya to sell on. The new partnership have already won the $130,000 3* grand prix and the $216,000 Lugano Diamonds 4* grand prix during the three month WEF tour.
“He likes to win. He is a fighter. He wants to be careful, he wants to be good, and he wants to win. I just have to not screw it up,” said Darragh, who had to sideline the horse two weeks earlier.
He twisted a shoe and put the clip up his foot and was lame for a few days, so we could not ride him. I only started riding him again on Saturday, and jogged on Tuesday and he felt good, so we went today. He is just an incredible horse. I have used him very sparingly this winter, but every time he comes out, he comes out great."
Nick Skelton (Untouched) and Ben Maher (Carolina 31) contended the class, but a time fault each denied them a jump-off chance.
Nick took eighth on Gypsy King in the 1.45m and fifth in the 1.35m on Cliff 67.
Stacey Babes was 13th in the 1.30m on Upperfield CH, George Whitaker was 10th in the six-year-old on Billy Alabama and Ben Maher took sixth in Wednesday's seven-year-old on Sentimento LS.
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