Alex Granato Scores Weekend Double at CP Palm Beach Masters

Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W
Credit : Kathy Russell Photography

Monday 04 February - 18h47 | Edited press release

Alex Granato Scores Weekend Double at CP Palm Beach Masters

American Alex Granato was a two-time champ in Florida this weekend, beating two former FEI World Cup champions to win the $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Wellington at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic CSI4*-W. Riding Carlchen W, Granato also won the FEI $71,200 Suncast Palm Beach Masters World Cup Qualifier on Friday.

 - Alex Granato Scores Weekend Double at CP Palm Beach Masters

“It’s all just very surreal. It’s been an amazing week," said Granato. "It’s a privilege to get to ride at a venue like this and against riders like these whom I have looked up to for a long time. To have a week like this is amazing.”

The jump-off read like a who’s-who of international show jumping with Olympic veterans and FEI World Cup champions among the nine who jumped in the second round on the Alan Wade-designed course. Conor Swail (IRL), was the pathfinder in both rounds and rode the first clear in the jump-off in a time of 44.68 seconds on GK Coco Chanel, which resulted in fourth place. Granato and Carlchen W shaved off nearly two seconds with a time of 42.70 to take the lead with a slew of stars yet to jump.

“I have a naturally fast horse, so for both classes I got to play that to my advantage and try to let him run at this pace and stay focused on my track and my turns,” said Granato. “I think I got lucky here and there with a rub in each jump-off, but the horse is very fresh. I’ve been gearing him towards this week and I think he came out really fresh and strong and ready for it.” 
 
Olympic veteran Mario Deslauriers (CAN), the 1984 FEI World Cup winner, and Bardolina came close with a jump-off clear round time of 43.48 for second place. “My horse is at a point where she’s got to learn to go a little faster. She’s got a big stride so sometimes it’s a little more complicated to maneuver, but she’s learning to turn better. Today and even on Friday we tried to go a little faster to give her that experience and half a second faster today would have done it, but I was happy with the way she handled herself.”

The crowd held its breath as last to go was 2007 FEI World Cup Champion and Olympic veteran Beat Mändli (SUI) raced around the course on Dsarie and was on track to take the win, but missed with 44.16 seconds for third place. Photo below: Kathy Russell Photography 
 
Standings for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League — West Coast can be found here.
Standings for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League — East Coast can be found here.

 - Alex Granato Scores Weekend Double at CP Palm Beach Masters


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