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Punta del Este – 1 & 2 April 2017

Luis Crucci wins at challenging new venue

Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay. 1 and 2 April 2017.

Uruguay welcomed a new racing scene for the endurance races: Punta del Este.

One of the most important and exclusive vacation destination in Latin America, recently classified by The Huffington Post as “The best kept secret in South America” and “Hamptoms of South America” according to American Airlines.

Chosen as the best place in Uruguay with an adequate infrastructure to welcome riders and teams from all over the world, it will be the new venue to host the next Pan American Championship in October.

For trainers and riders from Uruguay, it’s a new layout, technical, hard terrain, with some important hills.

This was the third race of the 2017 season in which almost 100 riders finished, or 60% of the entered horses.

On Saturday was the CEI2* 120km won by Luis Crucci with HLD Patron, a horse that in 2016 rode 700 kilometers with Luis and managed to finish on first place as the senior combination in the FEI 2016 Ranking.
Finishing in second place was the excellent Brazilian Monica Pinto Lima with Caetec CSM.

Luis was leading every stage throughout the day and Monica close behind with speeds and recovery times not far away from each other so this leading duo was never separated very much.

Both horses matched each other during the day, and in the last kilometers they pushed until the finish line an average of 23.34km / h.

The Brazilian rider told us “The track is certainly the most difficult in Uruguay. The truth is that I love it because it is a very difficult track, full of curves and loops apart from the ground being hard! Very technical!! It demands much of the horses and you need a good strategy! ”

In third place till the start of the last loop was Juan Pablo Viana with Black Grey Del Timote, but couldn’t keep that position and was vetted out at the final vet check.

Ignacio Sanguinetti with Persa HLM finished in hird place, 34 minutes behind the leaders.

In the Young Rider CEI 2* category, the winner was Maria Perira with Sharif Bin Sharan. Maria did not lose the first position at any time and was being pursued by Camila Placeres and Tiznado, for two loops with very little margins. They came in after the third loop with only three seconds difference but Camila’s horse was vetted out, metabolic.

Maria Pereira: “I thought Camila was leaving 29 seconds behind me and Martin two minutes further back, so I left the last stage very hard so they could not catch me. I just knew that I was alone with 6km to go till the finish line. At that moment I joined the seniors, and followed them until they left for their final run which turned into a sprint to define the winner. My horse was very well and wanted to run with them. I had a blind faith in Sharif Bin Sharan, I knew he could do very well once I managed to control his madness ”
She also commented on the new track: “The track is very hard; the hind shoes finish thinner than a piece of paper”

Proof of the speed (27.91 km/h) was that the lead on second placed Martin Stirling went from a bit more than two minutes to over 15 minutes in that last loop.

Third place was Ema Sánchez with Eyes Wan Del Timote.

The 80km races were on Sunday and the CEI1* 80km was the busiest race with 47 starters.
Double delight for owner and trainer Jorge Martin Gadea who won both categories, senior and Young Rider.
He won the senior category with Lucia Landa aboard Quino and Young Rider with El Cherry ridden by Agustina Baptista.

Jorge M. Gadea said: “My horses were good because they are adapted to this type of terrain and have a good level of training. The track is difficult, hard, and not easy to reach the water points. Because we raced two horses we could only attend one water point in each stage”

Lucia Landa had to fight till the last meter for victory. She was swapping places with Constanza Castelbaja riding Trempolino and at the start of the final loop the gap was only 13 seconds in favour of Constanza. The approached the finish line together and the sprint was narrowly won by Lucia.

Third placed Santiago Cervieri with Paloma made in to the finish but the horse was metabolic.
The bronze medal was for Diego Ott with Baraka Barak who won the sprint with Santiago.

In the CEIYJ1* 80km the fight for the top spot was less intense with Agustina Baptista and EL Cherry in full control.
Although Nicolas Rodriguez Villamil with LR Lambada put some pressure after the first loop, lost second place temporary after the second loop, crossed the finish line as second but was out with irregular gait.

Second place went to Ema Sanchez with AS Amir who rode a remarkable last loop.
She started six minutes behind in fourth position but thanks to the highest speed (25.43 km/h) came back to 46 seconds of the winner.
It was a good weekend for Ema after finishing third the previous day in the CEIYJ2* 120km.

Third place was for Ema’s sister Teresa Sanchez with LG Saji and she was always on course to get a podium place.

Race report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga
Image credits: Pio Endurance


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Punta del Este Results

PositionRiderHorseStable
Punta del Este 2017-04-01 CEIYJ2* 120km
1stMaria PereiraSharif Bin SharanJorde Gadea
2ndMartin StirlingLG ChiconeLas Glicinas
3rdEma SanchezEyes Wan Del TimoteHaras Del Timote
Punta del Este 2017-04-01 CEI2* 120km
1stLuis CrucciHLD PatronElbio Crucci
2ndMonica Pinto LimaCaetec CSMSilvio Arroyo
3rdIgnacio SanguinettiPersa HLMHaras Los Mendez
Punta del Este 2017-04-02 CEIYJ1* 80km
1stAgustina BaptistaEL CherryJorge M. Gadea
2ndEma SanchezAS AmirFernando Ospitaleche
3rdTeresa SanchezLG SajiLa Galponera
Punta del Este 2017-04-02 CEI1* 80km
1stLucia LandaQuinoJorge M. Gadea
2ndConstanza CastelbajacTrempolinoGonzales Lamela
3rdDiego OttBaraka BarakHara Baraka

 

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Punta del Este – 1 & 2 April 2017

Luis Crucci wins at challenging new venue

Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay. 1 and 2 April 2017.

Uruguay welcomed a new racing scene for the endurance races: Punta del Este.

One of the most important and exclusive vacation destination in Latin America, recently classified by The Huffington Post as “The best kept secret in South America” and “Hamptoms of South America” according to American Airlines.

Chosen as the best place in Uruguay with an adequate infrastructure to welcome riders and teams from all over the world, it will be the new venue to host the next Pan American Championship in October.

For trainers and riders from Uruguay, it’s a new layout, technical, hard terrain, with some important hills.

This was the third race of the 2017 season in which almost 100 riders finished, or 60% of the entered horses.

On Saturday was the CEI2* 120km won by Luis Crucci with HLD Patron, a horse that in 2016 rode 700 kilometers with Luis and managed to finish on first place as the senior combination in the FEI 2016 Ranking.
Finishing in second place was the excellent Brazilian Monica Pinto Lima with Caetec CSM.

Luis was leading every stage throughout the day and Monica close behind with speeds and recovery times not far away from each other so this leading duo was never separated very much.

Both horses matched each other during the day, and in the last kilometers they pushed until the finish line an average of 23.34km / h.

The Brazilian rider told us “The track is certainly the most difficult in Uruguay. The truth is that I love it because it is a very difficult track, full of curves and loops apart from the ground being hard! Very technical!! It demands much of the horses and you need a good strategy! ”

In third place till the start of the last loop was Juan Pablo Viana with Black Grey Del Timote, but couldn’t keep that position and was vetted out at the final vet check.

Ignacio Sanguinetti with Persa HLM finished in hird place, 34 minutes behind the leaders.

In the Young Rider CEI 2* category, the winner was Maria Perira with Sharif Bin Sharan. Maria did not lose the first position at any time and was being pursued by Camila Placeres and Tiznado, for two loops with very little margins. They came in after the third loop with only three seconds difference but Camila’s horse was vetted out, metabolic.

Maria Pereira: “I thought Camila was leaving 29 seconds behind me and Martin two minutes further back, so I left the last stage very hard so they could not catch me. I just knew that I was alone with 6km to go till the finish line. At that moment I joined the seniors, and followed them until they left for their final run which turned into a sprint to define the winner. My horse was very well and wanted to run with them. I had a blind faith in Sharif Bin Sharan, I knew he could do very well once I managed to control his madness ”
She also commented on the new track: “The track is very hard; the hind shoes finish thinner than a piece of paper”

Proof of the speed (27.91 km/h) was that the lead on second placed Martin Stirling went from a bit more than two minutes to over 15 minutes in that last loop.

Third place was Ema Sánchez with Eyes Wan Del Timote.

The 80km races were on Sunday and the CEI1* 80km was the busiest race with 47 starters.
Double delight for owner and trainer Jorge Martin Gadea who won both categories, senior and Young Rider.
He won the senior category with Lucia Landa aboard Quino and Young Rider with El Cherry ridden by Agustina Baptista.

Jorge M. Gadea said: “My horses were good because they are adapted to this type of terrain and have a good level of training. The track is difficult, hard, and not easy to reach the water points. Because we raced two horses we could only attend one water point in each stage”

Lucia Landa had to fight till the last meter for victory. She was swapping places with Constanza Castelbaja riding Trempolino and at the start of the final loop the gap was only 13 seconds in favour of Constanza. The approached the finish line together and the sprint was narrowly won by Lucia.

Third placed Santiago Cervieri with Paloma made in to the finish but the horse was metabolic.
The bronze medal was for Diego Ott with Baraka Barak who won the sprint with Santiago.

In the CEIYJ1* 80km the fight for the top spot was less intense with Agustina Baptista and EL Cherry in full control.
Although Nicolas Rodriguez Villamil with LR Lambada put some pressure after the first loop, lost second place temporary after the second loop, crossed the finish line as second but was out with irregular gait.

Second place went to Ema Sanchez with AS Amir who rode a remarkable last loop.
She started six minutes behind in fourth position but thanks to the highest speed (25.43 km/h) came back to 46 seconds of the winner.
It was a good weekend for Ema after finishing third the previous day in the CEIYJ2* 120km.

Third place was for Ema’s sister Teresa Sanchez with LG Saji and she was always on course to get a podium place.

Race report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga
Image credits: Pio Endurance


Punta del Este Gallery


Punta del Este Results

PositionRiderHorseStable
Punta del Este 2017-04-01 CEIYJ2* 120km
1stMaria PereiraSharif Bin SharanJorde Gadea
2ndMartin StirlingLG ChiconeLas Glicinas
3rdEma SanchezEyes Wan Del TimoteHaras Del Timote
Punta del Este 2017-04-01 CEI2* 120km
1stLuis CrucciHLD PatronElbio Crucci
2ndMonica Pinto LimaCaetec CSMSilvio Arroyo
3rdIgnacio SanguinettiPersa HLMHaras Los Mendez
Punta del Este 2017-04-02 CEIYJ1* 80km
1stAgustina BaptistaEL CherryJorge M. Gadea
2ndEma SanchezAS AmirFernando Ospitaleche
3rdTeresa SanchezLG SajiLa Galponera
Punta del Este 2017-04-02 CEI1* 80km
1stLucia LandaQuinoJorge M. Gadea
2ndConstanza CastelbajacTrempolinoGonzales Lamela
3rdDiego OttBaraka BarakHara Baraka

 

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