Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was another strong result for the home riders as Julien Epaillard (FRA) took a convincing win with Cristallo A Lm in the CSI5* 1.50m Prix Oddo. The French rider thrilled the crowds in the high octane speed class, crossing the line clear in 57.51s, a full three seconds ahead of his nearest rival. It was a sensational French one-two, as home hero, the legendary Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) took a worthy second place, his stunning grey Pegase du Murier responding as the crowds cheered them on. But the pair had to settle for second, with the larger horse unable to match the tight turns that Julien’s Cristallo was able to make.
The 49 strong field took to the sand arena and course designed by Uliano Vezzani as the sun came out across the expansive Bagatelle park in Paris. Horses and riders from around the globe took their turn at the imposing fences, with the world’s best battling it out ahead of tomorrow’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris.
Pedro Veniss (BRA) was the early pace setting with AD Argos, setting the time to beat at 64.42s overall. However he was soon topped by compatriot Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) and Madame Butterfly, who ultimately finished in 4th and Leopold van Asten (NED) with VDL Groep Miss Untouchable who took 5th place. Pilar Lucrecia Cordon (ESP) and Nuage Bleu took the final podium step, with the pair delivering a beautiful clear round to finish in third overall.