Frenchman Julien Epaillard gave another demonstration of his speed at the CSI5* Casas Novas Winter Show opening marking a superior advantage at 3 seconds. (Photo © csicasasnovas.com)
French rider Julien Epaillard gave another show of his speed skills and won the €25,250 Prize NH Collection, first CSI5* La Coruña class.
Marking the beginning of CSI5* La Coruña – Casas Novas Winter Show, Julien Epaillard showed the way with the 9-year-old gelding Instit de Jucaso (Cooper van de Heffinck x Darco) owned by Go Horses in the speed class, stopping the clock in 64.30 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking points.
Under course design of Spanish Santiago Varela, a total of 51 pairs encouraged the speed class, but none was faster than Julien Epaillard, who even scored a comfortable advantage over 3 seconds, being escorted by Dutch rider Jur Vrieling and his 9-year-old stallion Dallas VDL (Douglas x Heartbreaker) in 67.82 seconds.
For third place the effective Laura Renwick of Great Britain completed her field in 68.18 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Vdl Groep Alitta (Karandasj x Indoctro), followed in fourth place by Spanish rider Eduardo Alvarez Aznar with the 12-year-old gelding Fidux (Malito de Reve x Voltaire) in 68.47 seconds and fifth was Jane Richard Philips of Switzerland, accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Diedonne de Guldenboom (Nabab de Reve x Gibramino) in time of 68.90 seconds.
By Latino Ranking Jose Maria Larocca of Argentina finished with the best location, but distant from the points at 30th, when knocking down a pole and completing in 4 fouls with 80.82 seconds his round along with the 13-year-old stallion Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion du Lys). Likewise Rene Lopez of Colombia participated, but finished with 5 fouls in 34th place with the 9-year-old gelding Univers de Maugre (Calvaro x Umour du Fenaud) and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil followed with 8 fouls in 39th place next to the 8-year-old gelding Hh Early (Harley Vdl x Indorado).
Carlos Lopez from Colombia with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) were retiring.