Superb Sweetnam lands podium finish at Wellington CSI5* Grand Prix.

  • 26 February 2023, 09:40

Aga Khan Trophy hero Shane finished third in CSI5* $425,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix 1.60m at Wellington, Florida overnight.

The Corkman, on board James Kann Cruz (ISH), put in a spectacular round of jumping in round one to join six other pairings, including Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, in the 1.60m jump-off.

On what proved a tough course, the Corkman had a clear round and a time score of 42.35 seconds.

Derry’s Daniel Coyle had also finished the jump-off with a clear round.

The pair seemed tough to beat but America’s Laura Kraut and Baloutinue was just 2.09 seconds faster than Sweetnam and took victory in a time of 40.26 seconds.

America’s McLain Ward split the pair on the podium after they finished the jump-off with a clear round and the time of 40.56 seconds.

In Dressage news, Kildare’s Judy Reynolds and For Fun 51 (BAVAR) came fifth in the Doha, Al Shaqab (QTR) CDI5* Grand Prix Special.

Reynolds finished with a score of 65.319% which is just 0.936% below fourth place which went to Canadas Naima Moreira Laliberte who finished with a score of 66.255%.

First place went to Belgium’s Charlotte Defalque who scored 69.638% followed by second place’s Lithuania’s Justina Vanagaite and then Spain’s Juan Matute Guimon.

Breeding: James Kann Cruz (ISH) – 2013 gelding by Kannan (KWPN) out of CSF Telly Cruz (ISH) by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Patrick Connolly. Owner: Gizmo Partners, LLC.