Frenchman Julien Epaillard won his first LGCT Grand Prix by beating Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium and Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands in a tiebreaking round. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
French rider Julien Epaillard won the eighth Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour by dominating the three jump-off round classified in a course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani.
With its new format for this 2017, a total of 25 classified pairs animated the dispute of €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris, where the winner marked an unbeatable time of 40.67 seconds along with the 9-year-old stallion Usual Suspect D’auge (Jarnac x Papillon Rouge) owned by Hello Holdings, 31 Slu, representing the eighth FEI victory of the LGCT for Julien Epaillard, but it was his first Grand Prix won, with a special flavor to achieve it at home, to take 150 World Ranking Points.
The definition of the Grand Prix had great emotions among the three qualifiers, finishing all with double clear rounds and escorting winner Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium in second place, getting a time of 41.98 seconds with the 11-year-old mare H&M Legend of Love ( Landzauber x Corgraf) and for third place registering a time of 42.13 seconds was the Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, accompanied by the 13-year-old stallion Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire).
The Top 5 had French protagonism with Patrice Delaveau occupying the fourth place in field of 4 faults and 79.07 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Aquila HDC (Ovidius x Bollvorm’s Lauriston) and fifth was Simon Delestre with the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon D’anzex) finished in 4 fouls and 80.66 seconds.
For the Pan American Ranking Laura Kraut of the United States finished in 17th place out of the points, completing a regular round of 8 fouls with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge) and her fellow-woman Lauren Hough ranked 20th with 12 Faults accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX).
For the Latinos the Colombian Carlos Lopez exceeded the time allowed for regular round and was penalized with 1 foul, to totaling 9 faults in the 19th place next to the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall), while the Brazilian Eduardo Menezes with the 10-year-old stallion Chacgrano (Chacco-Blue x Grannus) opted to retire.