Emily Moffitt lands victory in Palm Beach


Emily Moffitt bested a field of 45 to take victory in the $36,600 4* Suncast welcome stakes at the Palm Beach Masters, Deeridge Farm, USA, with Tipsy Du Terral.

And it was a hot class as the pair edged ahead by just 0.05 sec over Irish course-designer Alan Wade’s speed track.

“It all kind of panned out quite fantastically!” Moffitt exclaimed. “I went in and [trainer] Ben Maher just said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go for it. Let’s win something.’ I haven’t had the best start to the season, so it’s great. I feel like I’m back on my feet now. She’s my trusty little steed. We throw her in anything, and she gets it done.”

Emily credited the mare’s carefulness, particularly in the combination.

“She’s so careful in doubles and that allows me to really gallop in, whereas to the last jump I have to hold her off a little bit. That’s probably where I got it done today,” Emily explained. “It was just one of those rounds where, everything came up perfectly.”

Emily has ridden the Toulon 13-year-old for the past three years.

“She’s very strong, and my little chicken arms have to step up their game when I ride her! It’s nice, because she drags you to everything. You’re just along for the ride, and she’s like, ‘Come on, let’s do this!’ I love that. She’s just a really great partner to have.”

Fellow Brit Amanda Derbyshire was four sec adrift of the time for seventh place on Lady Maria BH.

Flo Norris dominated the 2* 1.40m speed with the top two places. Forty-three contended this class with Flo winning on the Lordanos 12-year-old Lorielle and easing the 11-year-old Con Pleasure into second, 1.68 sec separating the two and half a sec in front of nearest rival Rich Fellers with Mojo.

Alexandra Thornton guided Cornetto K into ninth in the 51-strong 4* 1.40m two-phase more than six sec off the pace.

Blythe Masters claimed ninth in the 2* 1.30m speed on Eriana more than seven sec behind the winner.

Amanda Derbyshire slotted Luibanta BH into third in the $73,000 WEF Challenge Cup in Wellington, USA.

Only eight of the 55 starters posted first round clears to access the jump-off with Amanda and the Luidam 12-year-old claiming third spot just 0.28 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Bertram Allen and GK Casper. Billy Twomey was also in the mix and returned a double clear for seventh on Lady Lou.

Text and Photos © Jumping Around/Palm Beach EC/Wellington Sportfot

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