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Kevin Babington on Super Chilled won Wednesday's speed class at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Kevin Babington of Gwnedd Valley, Pa., on Super Chilled, sixth to go in the class of 15 in Devon's $36,000 Speed Stake, zipped around te course in 60.66, a time that held up for the win.

Super Chilled Kevin Babington Photo by The Book LLC copyKevin Babington on Super Chilled (Photo by The Book LLC)Babington's time just beat that of Andrew Kocher on Abelone O.T Lowlands Z by two-tenths of a second, and Kocher's time held up to give him second while and David Raposa on Iliona placed third in 61.25 seconds.

For the second night in a row, the start of the jumer class was delayed 45 minutes due to thunderstorms.

Babington is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Devon, having the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon twice, in 2011 and 2016, both times with his other mount, Mark Q, who he rode in Tuesday’s $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*.

 

AS LONG as the footing is good, I will never scratch in the rain," said Babington. "The ground really held up tonight. You never once felt like you were slipping or getting stuck on course. I’m glad I didn’t scratch.”

“I did Mark Q last night and I did Super Chilled today," said Babington. "I was going to make a decision after today about who I would do tomorrow (in the Grand Pris), and I’m going to do Super Chilled. Tonight was a good test with the shadows in the ring and the glare. He has the ability to jump a big track as long as he’s feeling confident, and he felt confident tonight. Mark Q is 17 years old, and he’s won twice here before. I didn’t want to push my luck.”

“When I walked the course, I thought if I could do the leave-outs, it would really suit me," he said. "Chilly has such a big stride that if you have to add anywhere it takes you twice as long. Once he stepped up and did the seven, that gave me a lot of confidence to leave out strides everywhere else. If you had to design a course for that horse, this was the perfect course for him.”

“When it’s your home show, you always save your best horse, and you sort of build up to it," said Babington. "I always try to have my horses peak at this show. I’ve been teaching in this area for 30 years now so I meet everybody at this show. It’s a really cool place. I came to the United States in 1987, and I’ve been in this area since about 1991.”

“This year, I’m not planning on going to Europe," he said. "I don’t really have a real championship horse at the moment. I have three nice horses but they’re not championship horses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Chilled flew around the course in 60.66 seconds to slide into the first place position, taking over the top spot on the leaderboard from Andrew Kocher (USA), who won the class in 2018, and his own Abelone O.T Lowlands Z by two-tenths of a second.
Andrew Kocher and Abelone O.T Lowlands Z
Andrew Kocher and Abelone O.T Lowlands Z

Throughout the remaining 10 contenders, four more were able to produce fault-free efforts, but none were able to catch Babington’s time, ultimately securing him the win, while Kocher finished in second place in 60.88 seconds and David Raposa (USA) and Iliona earned third place in 61.25 seconds.

Babington is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the Devon Horse Show, having claimed the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon twice in his career in 2011 and 2016 both times with his other mount, Mark Q, who he rode in Tuesday’s $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich.
Kevin Babington and Super Chilled
Kevin Babington and Super Chilled

However, on Thursday, Babington will ride Super Chilled in the week’s highlight event, the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, which is set to kick-off at 8:30 p.m. in the Dixon Oval.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Kevin Babington (IRL) – $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Herr’s Food, winner

On the competing in the rain:
“As long as the footing is good, I will never scratch in the rain. The ground really held up tonight. You never once felt like you were slipping or getting stuck on course. I’m glad I didn’t scratch.”

On deciding who to show in Thursday’s grand prix:
“I did Mark Q last night and I did Super Chilled today. I was going to make a decision after today about who I would do tomorrow, and I’m going to do Super Chilled. Tonight was a good test with the shadows in the ring and the glare. He has the ability to jump a big track as long as he’s feeling confident, and he felt confident tonight. Mark Q is 17 years old and he’s won twice here before. I didn’t want to push my luck.”

On Wednesday’s course:
“When I walked the course, I thought if I could do the leave-outs, it would really suit me. ‘Chilly’ has such a big stride that if you have to add anywhere it takes you twice as long. Once he stepped up and did the seven, that gave me a lot of confidence to leave out strides everywhere else. If you had to design a course for that horse, this was the perfect course for him.”

On competing at the Devon Horse Show:
“When it’s your home show, you always save your best horse and you sort of build up to it. I always try to have my horses peak at this show. I’ve been teaching in this area for 30 years now so I meet everybody at this show. It’s a really cool place. I came to the [United States] in 1987 and I’ve been in this area since about 1991.”

On his plans for the future:
“This year, I’m not planning on going to Europe. I don’t really have a real championship horse at the moment. I have three nice horses but they’re not championship horses.”

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