Frenchman Nicolas Delmotte won the most important victory of the year to shine at home by beating Egypt’s Karim Elzoghby. Beezie Madden fourth and Cassio Rivetti eighth. (Photo © Pixels events)
French rider Nicolas Delmotte won the most important victory of his career by taking the €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix de Dinard.
The course designed by Jean-Francois Morand for 33 pairs, had its complications and a great amount of 4 faults, only qualifying 2 riders to the jump-off with Nicolas Delmotte and Karim Elzoghby of Egypt.
The first to come back was home rider Nicolas Delmotte with the 9-year-old stallion Ilex VP (Diamant de Semilly x Darco), doing a perfect round and completing his strategy to finished a time of 45.66 seconds. Karim Elzoghby had the pressure next to the 12-year-old mare Amelia (Cantos x Numero Uno) needing to be faster, but they retired when take down a pole and could not better their final position.
With the result Nicolas Delmotte took 150 World Ranking Points.
Going to the Pan American Ranking Beezie Madden of the United States said goodbye with the 4 faster fouls in 78.37 seconds, a result that allowed her to finish in fourth place with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II) securing 100 FEI Ranking Points.
For the Latino Ranking, his two representatives added World Ranking Points with Cassio Rivetti from Brazil best placed with the 9-year-old stallion Ulahop Boy (Lamm De Fetan x Kannan) in eighth place with 4 fouls and 80.45 seconds. Federico Fernandez of Mexico finished 12th with the 15-year-old gelding Landpeter do Feroleto (Landritter x Wangmix), accumulating the same 4 fouls, but in 82.21 seconds.
The best seed of the Grand Prix and world number 11 Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, joined the group of 12 riders with 4 fouls, getting a time of 79.90 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Cayetana (Robin II Z x Papillon Rouge) to occupy the seventh place.