McLain Ward and Contagious Take Control in Second World Cup Round
Friday, April 8, 2022
Posted by Louise Parkes
On an afternoon full of surprises, from the starting list of 33 only eight horse-and-rider combinations managed to stay clear over Frank Rothenberger’s first course and none of the leading four after yesterday’s first round were amongst them.
Lying fifth as the day began, Ward found himself with the cherished last-to-go ride against the clock when his 13-year-old gelding left all the poles in place. And the man from Brewster, New York who claimed the title on home ground in Omaha (USA) four years ago made the best of his jump-off draw to clinch victory in the super-fast time of 44.03 seconds.
Young British stars, 22-year-old Harry Charles riding Stardust and 20-year-old Jack Whitaker with the diminutive grey Equine America Valmy de la Lande finished second and third, showing great maturity with calm and quick clears second time out. The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders scorched through the finish in the fastest time of 41.37 seconds with Monaco but, like several before him including overnight leader Martin Fuchs from Switzerland, he left a fence on the floor and had to settle for fourth place.
With results of the first two competitions now calculated however it is Ward who heads the leaderboard while Smolders lies second going into Sunday’s third and deciding competition followed by Charles and first-day-winner Fuchs in joint-third place.
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