After an amazing win, World #7 Kent Farrington qualified for the final leg of the World Cup Finals competition tomorrow but has chosen to withdraw Amalaya Investments’ leg two winner, Voyeur, and save the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood for another day. While Farrington is disappointed not to contest Monday’s final, he knows there is a bright future ahead for the talented gelding.
“My horse is just coming back in to the sport after a break. I’m thrilled with his performance last night and happy to have him back on form,” said Farrington. “I believe this horse has a bright future ahead of him; that coupled with my current standing we decided that it was in the best interest of the horse to focus on the future.”
Co-leader following the second leg of the 2014 Final, Patrice Delaveau of France withdrew Lacrimoso HDC. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat now stands alone atop the leaderboard on zero faults heading into Monday’s final.
At a press conference in Lyon on Sunday, Patrice Dealaveau told the media that Lacrimoso had suffered an injury but that it is nothing dramatic. Patrice felt that something was wrong after Saturday’s class and when he rode Lacrimoso this morning, Sunday, April 20th, he felt slightly lame.
Patrice showed Lacrimoso at this morning’s vet-check that took place ahead of Monday’s final, but Lacrimoso did not pass. Delaveau was still got the possibility to present the horse on the second vet-check on Monday morning, but decided together with the owners, Haras de Coudrettes, to withdraw from the final.
Patrice expressed his sorrow not to be able to start the final tomorrow during the Press Conference. Considering he was in the leading position in a final taking place in his home country of France. Chef d’Equipe Philippe Guerdat says that Patrice was in a great position to win the final, but he also congratulated the owners for putting Lacrimoso’s well-being first.
Lacrimoso will now undergo more examinations to clear up his health condition. Ireland’s Billy Twomey will not ride the World Cup Finals either. A decision that was made before this morning’s vet-check.