Calgary, AB, Canada – Jack Hardin Towell Jr. of the United States and Lucifer V won the RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m on Friday at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’, presented by Rolex. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid finished second, while Ben Asselin (CAN) was third on Plume de la Roque.The CSI 5* tournament continues through Sunday, June 12.
Highlights of the week’s competition include the $500,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, on Saturday, June 11, and the $175,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby on Sunday, June 12. 2016 Olympic Games course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil is setting the tracks in the International Ring during the ‘National’, presented by Rolex.
The RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m had 21 entries, and eight were clear to move on to the jump-off. Setting the opening pace with a clear round was Tiffany Foster (CAN) on Cadalora, who stopped the timers in 45.02 seconds. They would eventually finish in fourth place.
Calgary’s own Ben Asselin and Plume de la Roque lowered the winning time down to 44.00 seconds to hold onto third place. Patricio Pasquel (MEX) and Candela slipped into fifth place with a time of 45.69 seconds.
Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid made a bid for the win with a speedy time of 42.61 seconds, but it was last to go who proved to be the best. Jack Hardin Towell Jr. and Lucifer V, a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lord Pezi x Grandeur) owned by Jennifer Gates, put the pedal down to win in 40.96 seconds.
“I was lucky enough to go last and see him go,” Towell said of Lamaze. “My horse is naturally quick, so I went quite fast. I knew what I had to do, and I thought I did enough. Luckily the last two jumps I caught right out of stride. My horse is very naturally quick. I gave it a shot, and it worked out.”
This was the pair’s second win of the week, having previously topped the Back on Track Cup 1.50m. Towell has stepped Lucifer V, his top horse, down to the 1.50m competitions this week and focused on his other horse, New York, for the grand prix.
Towell noted, “After World Cup Finals, it didn’t go the way I would have liked, so maybe I lost a little confidence in myself and Lucifer. It’s nice to go back down and gain confidence again. My plan is to do him in the grand prix next week. I entered him in the right classes. Now I have a lot of confidence in him going into next week.”
Lamaze may have a new star in Chacco Kid, but he did not go all out in this jump-off. “Hardin is a very fast rider, and I knew that perhaps I left the door open,” he conceded.
“In my case, I felt like I asked as much out of my horse tonight [as I could]. If I went after Hardin tonight, I don’t think much would have changed for me. It’s a new horse for me that I’m really happy with, that I love, so I’m a bit cautious. But I thought I put enough pressure to make him run, and at that point anything can happen.”
Lamaze termed Chacco Kid as a “great one,” and added, “He has everything to me that great horses do. After that, he has to prove me right, but I’m really excited about this horse. Winning or not, I was very excited about his jump-off.”
Asselin also felt that he could be caught when he came out of the ring after his jump-off ride. He said, “My horse jumped fantastic. I was fast enough, but I knew there was quite a bit left on the table. I was slow to the Chinese oxer and then also to the double. I was thrilled with the way my horse jumped.”
He has been riding Plume de la Roque for just over a year, and their partnership has taken time to develop. “It took me quite a long time to get in tune with her,” he revealed. “This coming year we’ve really started to click together. It’s quite exciting. She had some great results, like earlier this year in Mexico, and she feels on form for the rest of the circuit.”
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Final Results: RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m
1 LUCIFER V: 2006 Westphalian gelding by Lord Dezi x Grandeur HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Jennifer Gates LLC: 0/0/40.96
2 CHACCO KID: 2006 Oldenburg by Chacco Blue x Come On ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Chacco Kid Group: 0/0/42.61
3 PLUME DE LA ROQUE: 2003 Selle Francais mare by Kannan x Adelfos BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 0/0/44.00
4 CADALORA P: 2007 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Furore TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/0/45.02
5 CANDELA: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Cornet Obolensky x Dinard L PATRICIO PASQUEL (MEX), Patricio Pasquel: 0/0/45.69
6 BALARINA 3: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou de Rouet x Sandro Song ANTONIO MAURER (MEX), Mario Onate: 0/4/44.72
7 CAROLIEN VH SCHEEFKASTEEL: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Perhaps VH Molenvondel x Quito de Baussy VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/4/45.46
8 NEW YORK: 2006 KWPN gelding by Verdi x Watzmann HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Jennifer Gates LLC: 0/DNS
9 ZILVERSPRINGS: 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding ELIZABETH GINGRAS (CAN), B. Gingras Equestrian Ltd.: 1/82.42
10 PARETTE: 2006 Brandenburg mare by Pessoa VDL x Barinello LISA CARLSEN (CAN), Lisa Carlsen: 3/88.37
10 UTOPIA: 2001 Dutch Warmblood mare by Ircolando x Notaris JOHN PEREZ (COL), John Perez: 4/76.62
11 CORCEGA LA SILLA: 2004 Holsteiner mare by Casall La Silla x Candillo ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX), Antonio Chedraui: 4/78.81
12 HOUSTON: 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Heartbreaker x Corofino ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 4/79.99