Eric Lamaze takes another win at WEF

Canada’s Eric Lamaze continued on his successful run in Wellington, taking victory in the $130,000 WEF Challenge Cup round 5 with Fine Lady 5. The pair claimed the win by two and a half sec over the USA’s Hardin Towell on Lucifer V. And Britain’s Ben Maher was in the mix, taking fifth on Don Vito.

Britain’s London 2012 Olympic course-designer Bob Ellis set the track for the 55 competitors with 14 advancing to the jump-off. Eric set an early target and it could not be beaten. It marked Eric’s 25th win in the WEF Challenge Cup over his career – four with the Forsyth FRH/Drosselklang II 14-year-old Fine Lady.

“She is really an unbelievable horse,” said Eric of Fine Lady 5, the mount he piloted to an individual bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “I have said it before, no one wants to compare anyone to Hickstead, but she is getting there slowly. For me, it is going to be the second horse of a lifetime.”

Ben also jumped a double clear, slotting Don Vito, a nine-year-old with Quaprice Z/Jus de Pomme bloodlines, into fifth, 3.57 sec behind the winner.

Matthew Boddy jumped double clear in the 1.30m to take 11th on the Chamberlain Z/Cantos 12-year-old Capriole M, six sec behind the pace.

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