Rachael Sanna & Jaybee Alabaster Win Pacific League World Cup Final
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WERRIBEE, Australia, Dec. 10–Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster won the Pacific League World Cup Final Saturday night with the highest ever freestyle scores recorded by the pair in capturing the single slot reserved for the region at the annual global championship in Holland next April.
The triumph for the rider at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the last three World Equestrian Games and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Alabaster x Gloria x Glorieux) came a day after posting their personal best in the Grand Prix and after sweeping the Australian Championships two months ago.
The pair scored 75.125 per cent to give them a big margin over a resurgent Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi in second place on 71.525 per cent and the top New Zealand combination of Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello on 70.375 per cent. The previous best for the victors in the kür was 74.250 per cent at the Sydney CDI in April.
The 2010 titleholder, Chantal Wigan and Ferero finished fifth on 67.500 per cent, behind Kerry Mack and Mayfield Pzazz on 67.925 per cent.
The scores by Rachael, aged 39, are the highest posted by any Australian combination in international Grand Prix competition anywhere in the world this year.
She competed in the World Cup Final in Dortmund, Germany, in 1999.
The Final in 2012 is scheduled for ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in mid-April.
For complete results click Pacific Coast League Freestyle Results