Frenchman Nicolas Delmotte fought a spectacular jump-off round and took easily won at Liège Grand Prix in Belgium. (Photo © Temps de Poses Studio)
French rider Nicolas Delmotte took an easy victory in the Liège Grand Prix, after completing an impressive jump-off round.
For the course designed by Belgian Luc Musette, a total of 44 pairs participated and 9 riders secured their pass to the jump-off round, where Nicolas Delmotte registered a time of 34.81 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion Ilex VP (Diamant de Semilly x Darco), marking an advantage near of 3 seconds before his closest follower.
Valuing Nicolas Delmotte 80 World Ranking Points with his first place, the second position was for Niklaus Rutschi from Switzerland with the 9-year-old gelding Cardano CH (Chameur x Apartigene V. Schlösslihof) recording a time of 37.70 seconds and third was Rachel Steffen from Belgium, raised the crowd of Liège with her presentation accompanied by the 12-year-old stallion Encanto Di Villagana (Canturo x Acord II) in 39.27 seconds.
Dutch rider Sanne Thijssen took fourth place with the 9-year-old mare No Fear Vd Tichelrij Z (Number One x Heartbreaker) in 39.38 seconds, representing the last double clear round and fifth place Patrice Delaveau of France got a fasted round in 34.08 second with his 10-year-old mare Leontine Ledimar ZHDC (Lovefever II x Grosso Z) accumulating 4 fouls.
By Pan American Ranking Wilton Porter of the United States managed to finish within the points, completing his regular round in 4 fouls and occupying the 15th place next to the 10-year-old stallion Caletto Cabana (Cassini I x Capecanaveral), while also US rider Reed Kessler exceeded the time allowed for total 5 fouls with the 11-year-old mare Christy 3 (Christiano x Arpeggio) in 24th place and Kara Chad of Canada accumulated 9 fouls in 32nd box.
Turning to the Latino Ranking Mark Bluman of Colombia got a solid regular round of 4 fouls in 70.30 seconds, when he appeared with the 11-year-old stallion Gamko S (Heartbreaker x Carthago), placing himself out of the points at 20th.