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Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan speed to Longines victory in Wellington

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar takes the win and top qualifying points with Lordan in the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 North American League Eastern Sub-League. (FEI/ Debra Jamroz)

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar takes the win and top qualifying points with Lordan in the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 North American League Eastern Sub-League. (FEI/ Debra Jamroz)

By Esther Hahn

Showcasing their six-year partnership, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan successfully executed an aggressive track in a ten-horse jump off to win the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington.

The USA’s Laura Kraut finished in a close second aboard Zeremonie, while Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya and Arrayan slotted into the third position. With the win in Wellington, Nassar overtook Mexico’s Enrique Gonzalez in the Western Sub-League standings, earning the young, Eygptian rider an advantageous qualifying position for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in March.

“I thought the first round was quite big when I walked it,” Nassar said. “I was going to fit in extra strides throughout the course but I watched Lauren [Hough] go before me on a small horse [like Lordan] and they cruised right up there so I quickly changed my plan at the in gate.”

From a starting number of 40 entries, only a quarter of the field went clear in the first round over a challenging course built by Ireland’s Alan Wade. “I try to build something fair for the whole field,” Wade said at the close of the first round. He then predicted that a tight rollback in the jump off would be a deciding factor in separating the winner from the pack.

In the jump off, Nassar entered the outdoor turf field eighth in the final order, after watching Alvarez Moya deliver a solid double clear to knock USA’s Adrienne Sternlicht from the lead position. “I knew I had to make up time from [fence no.] 1 to 2,” said Nassar, who went on to boldly angle the latter, a large oxer off a bending line.

Crowd favourites and Olympians stacked the opening order, including Beezie Madden (USA), Ben Maher (GBR), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), and Ian Millar (CAN). But the large, technical course forced rails to drop from these top names. And in the case of Michaels-Beerbaum, a crash through the final oxer—in a round that would have, otherwise, been clear—forced her elimination when she fell off Comanche.

Following today’s event, Nassar (EGY) has taken hold of the top position in the Western Sub-League standings. In the Eastern Sub-League, Kent Farrington (USA) remains in the lead. The final events for the Western and Eastern Sub-Leagues will take place in Thermal California (11 February 2017) and in Ocala, Florida (12 March 2017), respectively.

“I actually think Lordan’s better indoors—he’s a little horse with a lot of impulsion,” said Nassar in regards to how his horse will handle the ring at this year’s World Cup™ Final. “Big jumps out of a corner aren’t an issue for him, and I heard that the Omaha ring isn’t too small, either. He really grows under the lights and will rise to the occasion.”

Result: 1, Lordan (Nayel Nassar) EGY 0/0 38.15; 2, Zeremonie (Laura Kraut) USA 0/0 39.92; 3, Arrayan (Sergio Alvarez Moya) ESP 0/0 39.95; 4, Cristalline (Adrienne Sternlicht) USA 0/0 41.64; 5, Caletto Cabana (Wilton Porter) USA 0/0 44.89; 6, With Wings (Karen Polle) JPN 0/4 40.73; 7, Seringat (Cian O’Connor) IRL 0/4 42.38; 8, Heros (Amy Millar) CAN 0/4 44.06.

Full results: http://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2017/1282/html/en/longinestiming/resultlist_102.html

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