Mathieu Billot won the Grand Prix by beating Irishman Mark McAuley. Rene López of Colombia was in fourth place. (Photo © psvphoto)
The home-inspired French rider Mathieu Billot won the €70,000 Prix Ville Grand Prix of Bourg en Bresse before a crowd that kept all the energy behind the winner, who got 80 World Ranking points with his first place.
After surpassing a first round of 50 pairs and classifying to the jump-off only 5 of those riders in a course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, Mathieu Billot presented with 11-year-old stallion Shiva D’Amaury (For Pleasure x Lando) to complete its round in 42.35 seconds, surpassing Irish Mark McAuley who registered the second and last double clear round in time of 43.10 seconds next to 13-years-old gelding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy 958 x Cardento 933).
The best time of jump-off was achieved by Frenchman Alexandre Fontanelle in 40.45 seconds, but he shot down a pole with 14-year-old gelding Prime Time Des Vagues (Diner’s Time x Helios D’Aumont) to take third place.
Turning to Latino Ranking representatives, the most outstanding was Colombian rider Rene López, achieving an excellent performance to finish in fourth place with 11-year-old gelding Big Brother (Untouchable 27 x Gran Corrado), completing his field in 4 faults and 44.46 seconds that represented 55 World Ranking points. Also Brazilian rider Adir Abreu Junior added points in 11th position with 10-year-old gelding Hunter van het Indihof (Bentley van de Heffinck x Mr. Blue). On the other hand his fellowmen Yuri Mansur, Cassio Rivetti and Joao Victor Castro could not score, being Mansur the best placed in 30th position, Rivetti completed the leaderboard in box 46th, while Castro was retired.