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2017 Australian International 3de

16-19  November 2017

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The 4 star class this year saw only a field of 21 line up.  In at times pouring rain on Friday afternoon the dressage phase was held.  New Zealand's Clark Johnstone & Balmoral Sensation, trying to improve on their overall 3rd place finish in 2015, finished the day in front on 45.90 with Sonja Johnson & Parkiarrup Illicit Illusion in second on 49.50 and Megan Jones & Kirby Park Impress third on 49.60.  In the 3 star class again the dressage was held in the rain on Friday morning where Christine Bates & Adelaide Hill took the lead on 42.20 from Deon Stokes and Crime Time on 48.60 and Deon Stokes & Koyuna Levi on 51.70.  In the 2 star class It was a big field of 38 horses with Madeline Wilson & Aces High in front after the dressage on 46.40 from Emma King & DVZ Chevalier and Tegan Lush & Touchstone Felix on 48.30.

Cross Country day provided plenty of changes on the leaderboards and some controversy.  In the 4 star Clarke Johnstone & Balmoral jumped clear but recorded 8.8 time faults taking their score to 54.70 but retaining front position.  Megan Jones and Kirby Park Impress ultimately retained second position with clear on jumping but 8.8 time faults.  Both Megan and Stuart Tinney were given technical faults of 50 penalties at skinny fences where the flag was dislodged however footage was found that confirmed both riders had cleared the jump within the rules and their original scores were reinstated.  With Stuart Tinney & War Hawk then holding third with 61.00.  In the 3 star class Christine Hill and Adelaide Hill jumped clear but had 12.80 time faults taking their score to 55.00 but retaining the lead from Shane Rose and Swiper who jumped clear but recorded 1.2 time faults takign their score to 57.00 moving up from 10th while Deon Stokes and Crime Time recorded 16.4 time faults dropping to third on 65.00.  In the 2 star class overnight leader Madeline Wilson & Aces High retired after two refusals at the first fence while Emma King and DVZ Chevalier had a refusal and time faults dropping down to 18th while Tegan Lush and Touchstone Felix were eliminated at jump 16.  New leader inthe class was Chelsea Priestley and Skansen Purist who went clear and remained on their dressage score of 51.20 just ahead of Emma Mason & Warrego Marco Polo who recorded 2 time faults taking their score to 51.30 with third place held by Matthew Gaske and Thymes Too who also went clear to stay on 55.80.    

Into the final phase the showjumping and the pressure was on in the 4 star but Clarke Johnstone & Balmoral Sensation jumped clear to win on 54.70 from Megan Jones and Kirby Park Impress who also went clear to finish on 58.40 with Stuart Tinney and War Hawk third after knocking two rails to finish on 69.00 just ahead of Andrew Cooper & Tasman Park Ovation on 69.70.  In the 3 star class Adelaide Hill and Christine Bates had a tail down and 1 time fault but had enough in hand to win on 61.00 from Shane Rose and Swiper who had 2 rails down to finish on 65.00 with Andrew Cooper and Lagoes Choice third on 73.40.   In The 2 star class Emma Mason & Warrego Marco Polo had a rail down but their score of 55.30 was enough to take victory as Chelsea Priestley and Skansen Purist knocked two rails dropping to 59.20 with third place held by Matthew Gaske & Thymes Too on 59.80 despite knocking a rail.

The winner of the 4 star TRSA Off the Track award was Robert Palm's mount in Koko Story.  Koko Story raced as Southern Pride and is by Southern Image from Woodwin (by Woodman).  He trialled as a spring 2yo in October 2009 at Doomben and was then given a break and trialled twice in the autumn at Eagle Farmand the Gold Coast.  Finishing last in all three trails he was soon retired and made his way into a second career as an eventer.  The winner of the TRSA Off the track award in the 3 star class was Lagoes Choice ridden by Andrew Cooper.  Lagoes Choice raced as Duluth and is by Encosta De Lago from Aquisito (by Zeditave).  He was sold at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales in 2009 for $170,000 (link to yearling page and pic) but ran last at his first start as a spring 3yo.  Was unplaced in 5 further starts including his last start where he was 4th in a Maiden at the Alexandra Picnics in January 2012.  In the 2 star class the TRSA Off the Track award went to Belinda Isbister's mount Here To Stay.  Here to Stay is by Johar from Strike the Belle (by Straight Strike) was bred in New Zealand and raced as Sparkles.  He trialled twice as a 2yo before making his debut in late December as s 3yo in a Maiden at Ellerslie.  He was unplaced and was then given a let up before running last in his second race in March 2011 at Waikato.  Spelled he was given one more prep where he was unplaced in a trial in November 2011 before he was retired to an equestrian career.

On the final day of competition there was also a round of the Showjumping World Cup Qualifier B Raymont & Oaks Redwood took out the class going double clear the only combination to do so and therefore won the $10,000 bonus


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