Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Today’s opening class win went to Columbia’s Daniel Bluman with his 10 year old bay mare, the aptly named ‘Believe’, after the pair rode a stunningly quick and careful round in the beautiful Chantilly setting. Ireland’s young speed demon Bertram Allen (IRL) set the pace for the field earlier in the class with his phenomenally fast chestnut gelding Quiet Easy. Bertram was the first to break the 70second time barrier, raising the bar for the rest of the field after he and the 10 year old horse crossed the line clear in 69.04s.
The course was a fair test for the riders with enough questions asked to challenge the best combinations in the world. The penultimate double caught a few of the top riders out – come in too fast and the first rail would fall, come in too steady and the back rail would go. Notable combinations in action were Ludger Beerbaum (GER) with Casello, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) with Casall ASK, Luciana Diniz (POR) with Fit For Fun, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) and First Devision, LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) with Cornado II, Scott Brash (GBR) with Hello Forever and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) with Caretina de Joter.
Local rider Jérôme Hurel (FRA) was the highest place home finisher with Urano, taking third place overall after an impressive round to cross the line in 69.43s.
The CSI5* 1.45m class was the first test for the world class field ahead of tomorrow’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly, with many of the best horses in the world in action on the stunning grass arena, set against the iconic Château de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables, which are surrounded by peaceful parkland, gardens and the Forêt de Chantilly.