Luke Dee wins NZ World Cup final, Beatson takes series


world-cup-jumping-logo-oct12Luke Dee has won New Zealand’s Bayer FEI World Cup Final, held at the Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga on Thursday night, with Maurice Beatson taking out the series title.

The 19-year-old full time rider came close to a win last weekend when he finished second to Katie McVean, but this time, he and Ombudsman reigned supreme.

The final also marked a special milestone for veteran Maurice Beatson who reclaimed the series he last won at least a decade ago.

First out was late entry Rosie Commons and Glenara Chandon, who finished their second ever world cup start with just eight faults over the Louis Konicks (The Netherlands) designed course.

Then came Dee who left everything up, followed by two eight fault rounds by Tim Myers on Pick Me NZPH and McVean on Dunstan Zimorena G.

Bernard Denton on Horsesports Suzuki and Beatson aboard the borrowed Highlander II both collected faults.

That was it – with just one clear, the final was over without a jump-off.

Beatson rode for New Zealand in the world final in The Netherlands back in the 1990s, and says he won’t be heading to the final again after this victory.

“It’s been a long time between drinks all right,” he said. “It’s always nice to get a win and then on to the next job.”

The ‘next job’ is two mounts in the $50,000 grand prix at Ride the Rhythm in Dunedin tonight. He and former series winner McVean flew in to Tauranga for the final and headed straight back to Dunedin.

“This is a great series and it’s an international one too, so good to win,” he said.

It’s something Dee now aspires to.

“I am real stoked,” he said. “It’s a good feeling getting one (a win) right at the end. I was starting to feel a little left behind with Jake and Tim both winning one.”

Lambert, Myers and Dee are the young guns who are quickly rising up the ranks, and all have now won a world cup round.

“Ombudsman is certainly a good first world cup horse for me, and I think he’ll have no problem continuing to grow.”

Dee says the course was a challenging one, and the undulating ground added to the task.

He was full of praise not just for his 12-year-old horse – who he says has “all the jump in the world” – but also for his parents Jo and Richard Dee and his employers New Zealand Performance Horses.

McVean had to settle for fourth equal in the series she has made her own in recent years, with three wins, and New Zealand’s best ever result in a world final with her sixth equal in 2011.

In the Mills Reef 1.35m Classic Lisa Coupe showed Bates Amaretto MVNZ is back in his groove with a fantastic win. Twenty-two started the class, with nine going clear and through to the jump-off.

Third out was Vicki Wilson, who flew round in her usual style aboard Showtym Levado GNZ, leaving all the rails up and stopping the clock at 40.36 seconds. It looked for all money like she had it won, until last to go Coupe and Amaretto, who has been out with a virus since October.

The combination rode a beautiful round to go clear in 40.33 and take victory in the $3,000 class.

“It’s just awesome,” said Coupe. “I’m pretty thrilled to have him back again. It’s been a difficult three months but well worth the wait.”


Bayer FEI World Cup NZ Final: Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) Ombudsman 1, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Zimorena G 2, Tim Myers (Hawera) Pick Me NZPH 3, Rosie Commons (Auckland) Glenara Chandon 4, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Suzuki 5, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Highlander II (owned by Josh Barker) 6.

Series points: Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) 42 points 1, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) 39 2, Bernard Denton (Feilding) 38 3, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) and Tim Myers (Hawera) 37 =4.

Mills Reef 1..35m Classic: Lisa Coupe (Kumeu) Bates Amaretto MVNZ 1, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Levado GNZ 2, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Edana van Overis 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Campione GNZ 4, Travis Morgan (Tauranga) Cervelt MVNZ 5, Bridget Hansen (Ocean Beach) Shakespeare NZPH 6.


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