Windsor, Berkshire, England – July 03, 2021 – A top-class field contested the day’s feature class, The Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup. Six combinations went through to the jump-off, with World No. 5 Kent Farrington (USA) first to go to set the target. Riding the brilliant 14-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris), Farrington posted a fantastic round, making all the moves while still leaving all the poles up before going on to finish in a time of 34.72 seconds.
Ireland’s Daniel Coyle (IRL) followed aboard Oak Grove’s Carlyle (Casall x Corrado I), also riding a superb round, but his time was no match to that set by Farrington. The Irishman put on a good effort, falling short due to their time of 37.26 seconds.
Several riders incurred penalties trying to catch the time required, including two of Britain’s upcoming Olympic team members Ben Maher (GBR) and Harry Charles (GBR). With just Laura Kraut (USA) left to go, the title was guaranteed to go to America, however despite her best efforts, she posted a time of 37.83, finishing in third place, behind Daniel Coyle (IRL) in second.
Winner’s Circle – Kent Farrington (USA)
Following his win, Farrington said: “I’m thrilled with Creedance, he’s one of my favourite horses, so much blood, he’s naturally fast, he’s a real winner and he has been his whole career. It’s one of my favourite shows so I’m happy to win here today.”
Looking ahead to the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow, Farrington continued: “It’s a world class field, tomorrow’s going to be the same, it’s always a great competition here and you’ve got the best of the best. It’s big money, with the best riders, with their best horses, it’s going to be tough competition and I think the course builder will set the course accordingly, so I think it’s going to be difficult and big and fast and not so easy to win.”
Final Results – €25,400 Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes Cup CSI 5*
1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Creedance – 0 / 0 – 34.72
2) Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Oak Grove’s Carlyle – 0 / 0 – 37.26
3) Laura Kraut (USA) & Confu – 0 / 0 – 37.86
Source: Press Release from Revolution Sports for Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photos: © Royal Windsor Horse Show / Rolex / Kit Houghton