Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was another spectacular French victory this afternoon to add to the weekend’s tally, as leading home rider Simon Delestre (FRA) and his brilliant chestnut gelding Chesall stormed to the win of the CSI5* Prix Renault Talisman. With the local riders looking to be on as strong form as the UEFA Euro 2016 home nation, it was the third consecutive win on home turf in this three day festival of show jumping in Paris.
A field of 33 riders from around the globe took to the sand arena for the final time ahead of this evening’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris, with 12 jumping clear in the 1.45/1.55m speed class. Hot on the flying Frenchman’s heels was Brazil’s Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) with Madame Butterfly, closely followed by compatriot Pedro Veniss with AD Argos, who finished just tenths of a second away.
Harold Boisset (FRA) took his second placing of the weekend with T’Obetty du Domaine, coming home in 4th, and Great Britain’s John Whitaker (GBR) with the impressive Lord of Arabia took 5th. But it was Simon who kept the dream alive, galloping the course and guiding the effortlessly agile Chesall around the challenging circuit to take top honors ahead of tonight’s big event.