New York, New York, USA – April 26, 2019 – Speed demon Nayel Nassar (EGY) and his trusty steed, Lucifer V, claimed the highlight event on Friday, April 26, at the Longines Masters of New York by racing to victory in the $100,000 Longines Speed Challenge CSI 5* at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Longines Masters of New York CSI 5*/2* runs April 25 through 28 as the third leg of the Longines Masters Series following stops in Paris and Hong Kong.
Using the same speed track at the Paris and Hong Kong editions of the Longines Masters, course designer Frank Rothenberger gave competitors numerous options for inside turns and short cuts for those brave enough to chance their luck.
Despite knocking one rail down for a two-second time penalty, Nassar moved to the top of the leaderboard with an adjusted time of 58.45 seconds and stayed there. Nassar sat on the podium – and on pins and needles – watching the remaining competitors attempt to catch his time.
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) came the closest but still finished more than two seconds off the winning pace with a time of 61.07 seconds, demonstrating just how fast Nassar had been.
Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Lucifer V
“He’s naturally a really quick horse,” said Nassar of Lucifer V, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) owned by Evergate Stables. “I knew that if I got on a bit of a lick and kept it the whole way around, we would be in a pretty good spot.
“It’s Jenn’s birthday today and I told her that I wanted to win one for her so I was really glad that I was able to get it done even with the rail,” continued Nassar in reference to his girlfriend’s, Jennifer Gates, 23rd birthday. “It’s pretty crazy that we were still able to win the class even with a fence down.”
Nassar, 28, is no stranger to the unique Longines Speed Challenge, the fastest class in show jumping sport. In 2016, he claimed victory in the same event riding Lordan during the Los Angeles edition before the U.S. leg of the Longines Masters moved east in 2018.
“I really love this Longines Masters Series,” said Nassar. “It’s a great venue, great footing, good ring. It provides really good sport and the horses have been jumping really well all week. I’ve been to Paris and L.A. and now here in New York.”
Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) & Insolente des Dix Bonniers
Finishing behind runner-up Vanderveen and her mount, Bull’s Run Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco), was Olivier Philippaerts (BEL). The young Belgian left all the rails in place and raced through the timers in 61.33 seconds riding Insolente des Dix Bonniers (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Concorde).
Beat Mändli (SUI) took fourth riding Galan S (Indoctro x Calypso d’Herbiers) to a time of 61.70 seconds while Daniel Bluman (ISR) rounded out the top five with Cartouche in a close time of 61.88 seconds.
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Source: Press release from Agence R&B Presse for Longines Masters / EEM
Photos: © Sportfot
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