The Frenchman Julien Epaillard with his horse Safari D Augue were unbeatable in speed class to defeat the home rider Jerome Guery. (Photo © Scoopdyga)
The French rider Julien Epaillard appealing to his veteran and great characteristic as fast rider, marked the best time and taking the victory in the first class at CSI5* Brussels.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani was very interesting throughout the class that distributed €24,600 where Julien Epaillard and his 11-year-old gelding were unbeatable to record a time of 63.34 seconds and take 50 Ranking World Points.
It was not easy for Julien Epaillard to contain several of the world’s best riders, including Belgium’s Jerome Guery with his 15-year-old stallion Papillon Z (Perhaps V Berkenbroeck x San Patrignano Cassini) who held second place in 63.71 seconds and Irish duo of Darragh Kenny and Bertram Allen, who are in charge to occupy third and fourth place.
In case of Darragh Kenny appeared with the 10-year-old gelding Team de Coquerie (Heartbreaker x Papillon Rouge) in 65.49 seconds, while Bertram Allen with the 13-year-old mare Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) made a time of 65.62 seconds.
The fifth place was for the house rider Nicola Philippaerts accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Aikido Z (Accardi x Corrado I) in time of 65.74 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking he was able to add FEI Ranking points the Brazilian rider Cassio Rivetti along with the 9-year-old gelding Chicago Hof Eversem Z (Con Spirito R x Papillon Rouge) finishing in 12th position, with his time of 70.20 seconds. Bezzie Madden of the United States, a member of the Pan-American Ranking escorted the Brazilian in 13th place with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II) in time of 70.79 seconds.
The best seed and World No. 1 Kent Farrington of the United States ended up accumulating 15 fouls with the 11-year-old gelding Sherman d’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star), trailing behind in a distant 40th place.