13 June 2016
USA’s Richard Spooner and his faithfull Cristallo won their second consecutive CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby yesterday at Spruce meadows in front of the crowded stands. This is Richard Spooner’s third Derby win in Calgary over Leopoldo Palacios designed track that hasn’t changed for the last nine years. Daniel Coyle and Ridley (Ustinov) set the early pace and had one rail down and one time fault over the 25 jumping efforts to eventually finish 3rd when home ride Lisa Carlsen aboard World Judgement (Judgement) and Richard Spooner aboard Cristallo both finished on a 4 faults score to advance to the jump off. Richard Spooner and Cristallo achieved a clear round to take their second win ahead of Lisa Carlsen who had a rail down in the jump off to and take runner up position.