The Irishman Mark McAuley made clear in the CSIO Roma Piazza Di Siena the fast rider characteristic of his country. Kevin Staut of France second and Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain third. Participated José María Larocca and Alonso Valdez Prado. (Photo © CSI di Roma)
CSIO5* Roma’s Piazza di Siena opened with a €25,120 INTESA SANPAOLO and a fast victory by Irish Mark McAuley to stop the clock in 67.02 seconds.
In a speed class designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, Mark McAuley demonstrated the main characteristic of Irish riders, the speed, to add 50 World Ranking points with 13-year-old gelding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento) owned by Eva Ludin, surpassing for 1.73 seconds French rider and World No. 8 Kevin Staut, the main reference of show jumping in present moments for his country, completing its round in 68.75 seconds accompanied by 11-year-old stallion Silver Deux de Virton H D C (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker) owned by Haras des Coudrettes, while the third place was occupied by Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya alongside 9-year-old Iron Man 111 (Chatman x Capitol I) in 68.78 seconds.
Going to Latino Ranking saw Argentine Jose Maria Larocca and Peruvian Alonso Valdez Prado, where Larocca with 9-year-old stallion Diablo Blanco (Chacco-Blue x Cento) knocked down a rail to total 4 fouls in 72.52 seconds occupying the 23rd position and in the case of Valdez Prado accompanied by 9-year-old gelding Chichester 3 (Casall x Cosimo) finished in the 44th position accumulating 8 faults in time of 76.57 seconds.
The best seed of the speed class was home rider Lorenzo de Luca, who currently ranks 6th in FEI World Ranking, but did not decipher the questions posed with his 8-year-old mare Jeunesse van T Paradijs (Emerald van’T Ruytershof X Heartbreaker), having to settle for 38th place with 8 fouls in his presentation.