WELLINGTON, Fla.--Jason Coyle of Ireland on Lisaniska Cool Quality won the $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix on Friday, Jan. 14.
The Turf Tour features jumping over grass fields, allowing riders to compete at any tim of the day, which allows then to fit their rides into their schedule at WEF.
Coyle flew through the jump-off as the final ride of the day to clinch Friday's $15,000 Grand Prix which was competed on the green polo fields at Polo West Estates,
Coyle's ultimate jump-off time barely edged out the previous record holder, shaving off precious hundreths of a second with tight turns and stride omissions to cross the timers and best a class of 18 riders.
On January 19-21, the competition resumes for its third week, continuing its tour of Wellington estates with To-Kalon Farm hosting levels of show jumping, from .80M-1.40M, including a $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic, a $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake, and $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix.
COYLE, as the final ride of the day, was aiming to beat leader Francis Derwin's jump-off time.
On Scarlett Du Sart Z, Derwin had jumped-off to finish in 30.378 seconds, beating out Coyle's previous leading time of 32.132 seconds with Ballyoskill Big Bucks.
The Grand Prix course set by Eric Hasbrouck featured a jump-off offering riders a number of options to slice off precious seconds as well as challenges that could cost rails, including multiple one- and two- stride combinations and rollbacks to test agility and staying power.
Coyle tackled every challenge, showcasing a combination of speed and scope with Lisaniska Cool Quality to win the class with a jump-off time of 29.294 seconds.
Each week the The Ridge Turf Tour travels to a new venue in Wellington, offering competitors a fresh and relaxed experience in which to train, show, and develop their horses.