French victory in the opening day of the Paris Masters, where Kevin Staut was escorted by compatriot Julien Epaillard and the leader of the Pan-American Ranking US McLain Ward took the third place. (Photo © longinesmasters.com)
For the closing of the FEI first day at the CSI 5* Longines Masters Paris, the attending audience enjoyed a real display by the home riders, who managed to get one-two during the Longines Speed Challenge dispute that distributed €100,000 among the 12 best classified.
Led by Kevin Staut in speed class, he achieved an unbeatable time of 61.81 seconds on court designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani that had as factor Table C, to determine the final record and take 100 World Ranking points and €33,000 with the 12-year-old mare Elky van het Indihof HDC (Toulon x Thunder v. Zuuthoeve) owned by Haras Des Coudrettes. The second position was occupied by compatriot Julien Epaillard and 12-year-old gelding Cristallo A LM (Casall x Corofino I) by scoring 62.80 seconds plus 2 seconds of takedown penalty to total 64.80 seconds.
Pan American Ranking leader and three-time Olympic medalist US McLain Ward took third place with the 12-year-old mare Malou (Maloubet de Pleville x Carthago) owned by the rider to complete his field in 65.53 seconds, getting 70 FEI ranking points, while compatriot Lucy Davis was in a distant position 15th, to be the unique competitors of the region within the ranking points.
The two best seeders of the competition did not run with luck in highlighting, being the world number 2 Simon Delestre the best placed in the 12th position with Sultan du Chateau (Kannan * gfe Kwpn x Galoubet A) and the world number 1 Christian Ahlmann Of Germany finished in the 28th place with Caribes Z (Caritano x Canabis Z) recording a time of 101.58 seconds.