Lamaze's brief drought ends with win in Lafarge Cup

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Eric Lamaze's stint outside the winner's circle of the International Ring at Spruce Meadows lasted one day.

The top Canadian rider, who was seeded third in the world when the FEI rankings were released Thursday, swept both of the top classes whenthe North American opened Wednesday, but was blanked the next evening.

The drought was short. Lamaze claimed the $50,000 Lafarge Cup last night with Narcotique De Muze II, who he won the AON Cup with earlier this week.

"If you do a lot of international shows, you need a horse like that because there's only one Grand Prix in a week and the rest are really good classes," he said. "It's nice to have a horse like that, that can compete in those classes because she's more than just a second horse.

"I could do the Grand Prix with her, anything I wanted to, and I -- more or less -- use a Grand Prix horse to do those second classes."

The last horse-rider combination to go in the second round of the competition in which the top eight advance, Lamaze and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare were perfect and nearly two seconds ahead of the next fastest clear round posted by Mexico's Jaime Azcarraga and Forastero.

Antonio Maurer of Mexico placed third aboard As Hyo Hugo, followed by Karl Cook of the U.S. with Uno De Laubry and Federico Fernandez of Mexico with Tintero.

Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., placed sixth with In Style, followed by Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, Que., with Obelix R.

Lamaze said he'll ride his top horse, Hickstead, in today's Queen Elizabeth II Cup and that will be the stallion's last event this summer at Spruce Meadows before the Olympics.

Narcotique's last event will be today's TD Cup speed event and Lamaze will likely let her rest before heading to Spain.


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