The second day of competition at the 2023 Australian Jumping Championships has concluded with the weather much kinder than it was on the opening day. While there were only five classes held, there was no shortage of quality jumping to be seen.
There were just two classes scheduled in the main arena, being the first round of the Futurity Series sponsored by Coolmore Australia and the first round of the Rider’s Cup Series. The day belonged to Tom McDermott who took wins in both classes with horses which are relatively new to his truck.
In the first round of the Futurity Series, there were 16 clear rounds out of the 36 combinations making up the start list, so it came down to times to sort out the placings. The fastest combination were Tom and Krescendo. Their time of 68.24 seconds was enough to knock Samantha Dernee and Laurel Glen Quintessence into second place by just 0.21 seconds. Third place, with a time of 70.89 seconds went to James Arkins and Braveheart R. It was a great class to start the day and set the tone for what was to follow.
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