Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Let's Fly soar to victory
11 01 2013
Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Let's Fly galloped to victoryin the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 on the second day of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) on Thursday. After kicking the year off with a second place finish in last weekend's inaugural $100,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix, the duo is off to the races with a win to start their winter circuit.
Thirty-eight entries contested the class for the first round of competition and nine jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. A tight time allowed kept five others without jumping faults out of the tie breaker.
Seven of the nine jump-off entries cleared the second round course without fault, but it was the trailblazing time of Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm's HH Let's Fly that set the pace and held on through the end. Pessoa and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest galloped through the timers in 35.940 seconds, first to go in the jump-off, and no one else would come close.
Peter Wyle (USA) and The Wannahave Group's Sandor De La Pomme finished second with their time of 36.392 seconds. Third went to Shane Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Spy Coast Farm, LLC's Siri with a time of 36.591 seconds. Luis Larrazabal (VEN) and Anabel Simon's G&C Sacramento placed fourth with their time of 36.664 seconds.
Final Results: $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1
1. HH LET'S FLY RODRIGO PESSOA DOUBLE H FARM: 0/0/35.940
2. SANDOR DE LA POMME PETER WYLDETHE WANNAHAVE GROUP: 0/0/36.392
3. SIRI SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/0/36.591
4. G & C SACRAMENTO LUIS LARRAZABAL ANABEL SIMON: 0/0/36.664
5. QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS TODD MINIKUS, LTD: 0/0/36.813
6. WATERLOO SCHUYLER RILEY M. MICHAEL MELLER:0/0/39.744
7. ASLAN LJUBOV KOCHETOVA LJUBOV KOCHETOVA: 0/0/45.264
8. VENUS MARILYN LITTLE RAYLYN FARMS, INC: 0/4/37.247
9. AX-CENT KENNETH BERKLEY RIVERS EDGE: 0/4/41.277
Source: Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.