Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 17, 2023 – The final competition of the day at Spruce Meadows was the $80,000 APEX Cup CSI 5*, presented by Excel Homes. Saturday ‘s evening competition was a Table C (speed) which means that penalty-points on course were converted into time – even those with a rail could still be the fastest.
Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Liguini de La Pomme were the eleventh combination into the ring and produced a quick clear round over the 600m track that had him finish with a time of 77.84 seconds.
It looked lightning fast, but Santiago Lambre (BRA) proved it could be done faster. Aboard the big, Oldenburg gelding, Chattanooga, despite a rail on course, Lambre flew through the finish line posting a combined score of 76.90 seconds to claim the win.
As a testament of the level of competitiveness, three different nations were represented on the podium. Sergio Álvarez Moya (ESP) and Baltazar D Z left all the poles up for no penalties too, but was much slower than the winners, completing the course in 78.49 seconds for bronze honors.
Final Results – $80,000 Apex Cup CSI 5*, presented by Excel Homes
1) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Chattanooga – 4 + 72.90 = 76.90
2) Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Linguini de La Pomme – 0 + 77.84 = 77.84
3) Sergio Álvarez Moya (ESP) & Baltazar D Z – 0 + 78.49 = 78.49
Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Tony Lewis