In this Prix Suez, third class of the CSI 5*, 37 riders were on the starting list over a course designed by Jean-François Morand and his team. The British rider, Laura Renwick, one more time up to her reputation, clinches victory with Bintang III.
Only nine pairs were invited to compete in the jump off the clock in this Suez class, at 1m55. If the French rider Julien Epaillard and Quatrin de la Roque (Quick Star), signs the fastest time (46″59), he leaves a pole on the ground and is unfortunately kept away from the jump off. Second to go, the French Kevin Staut, who gave all he had with Elky Van Het Indihof HDC (Toulon), established himself in the lead of this very competitive final with a time of 48″12 that finally led only to a 2nd place. “It is not always easy to go among the first riders in the jump off. Even if Elky placed first in many classes, I seldom won at the jump off. She is an exceptional mare, but she has short strides, compare to other horses who gain ground more easily.”
The spectators, out of breath, started to dream of a French victory, but they did not count on the British rider, famous for being among the fastest riders n the world, Laura Renwick, associated to her Grand Prix horse, the well-named Bintang III, whose name, from Indonesian origins, means “Star”. Probably slightly favoured by her last position in the jump off, Laura and her 10 years old KWPN gelding pulled everything together by clearing the course in a winning time of 47″01. With a big smile on her face, the rider said “Dinard is an incredible show for me, last year I won the Derby here. Bintang loves this show ground, yesterday he placed 5th in the opening class, and the design of the jump off suited him perfectly today. He has a very big stride, and even with the speed, he remains very careful.” Laura admitted she had been lucky to find the right distance on the last vertical, without having to slow down. Bintang will be among the contesters in the Grand Prix of the city of Dinard on Sunday at 2.30pm.
In 3rd position, the Swedish rider Douglas Lindelow, associated to Zacramento, who cleared the course in 48″74. The rider said he was delighted with this horse he discovered only four months ago, when his owner and friend bought him. “He is a super athlete, he has all the qualities to be successful at the highest level, I am very confident about our future.”
Source: Véronique GAUTHIER / Agence Consulis