Finished the first day at CSI 5* Jumping Verona and French rider Kevin Staut avoided one-two of Italian representatives Lorenzo De Luca and Gianni Govoni. (Photo © jumpinverona.it)
The last FEI class of the opening day at the CSI 5* Jumping Verona was won by Frenchman Kevin Staut, performing with the 10-year-old mare Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy) owned by Haras des Coudrettes.
Disputing the PRESTIGE Prize, Staut commanded the jump-off round in time of 35.53 seconds, to cut and avoid the one-two of the house riders Lorenzo De Luca and Gianni Govoni. In De Luca’s case, he wore 10-year-old gelding Limestone Gray (Try-Time) owned by the rider and Stephex Stables, winners of several 2016 FEI events, to complete his court in 36.39 seconds, while his compatriot Gianni Govoni finished in 36.72 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Antonio (Oklund x Aes Dick Z) owned byGG Esas di Govoni Gianni.
After 44 started pairs the match that distributed €61,800 had only 5 clear rounds of 16 classifieds to the jump-off. That was how the fast French rider Penelope Leprevost was in fourth place with the 11-year-old mare Ratina d’La Rousserie in 37.74 seconds, escorted in the fifth by Finland’s Julia Jalas and the 11-year-old stallion Finishing Touch Wareslage (Quival x Toulon) who took a more conservative round to stop the clock in 43.50 seconds.
The best seed of the competition and number 1 of the world Christian Ahlmann from Germany, exceeded the agreed time for the regular round and was penalized with 1 foul with the 15-year-old gelding Aragon Z (Askari x Kolibri), finishing outside the tiebreaker in the 17th position.