Brazilian rider Pedro Muylaert continued the good streak of results and added his third 2017 FEI victory. (Photo © psvphoto.com)
Brazilian rider Pedro Muylaert continued his good streak at CSI 5* Longines Jumping International de La Baule, adding his third 2017 FEI win also adding his third Grand Prix to dominate the €200,200 Grand Prix Longines – Ville de La Baule.
In a course designed by Frédéric Cottier for 50 pairs, only 8 returned to thejump-off including Pedro Muylaert, who for many little informed gave the title as the “Great Surprise”, but already showed his progress in 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival winning the Grand Prix CSI 3* week sixth, which in turn represented the first FEI victory in the Brazilian’s career, also adding a second place and directed his Team Nations Cup to occupy the third place. Later that same month added his second FEI triumph with the CSI 3* Grand Prix of Lummen, setting the stage for what today represented his most important victory in CSI 5* week.
Presenting with 10-year-old stallion Prince Royal Z MFS owned by MFS Sport Horses LLC, Pedro Muylaert completed his jump-off round in 45.39 seconds to earn 130 World Rankings points, where he currently ranks 406 of the world, leaving several of the favorites with no chance of triumph. For second place was Frenchman Patrice Delaveau with 12-year-old gelding Aquila HDC (Ovidius x Bollvorm’s Lauriston) in 45.94 seconds, while third was Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten with 12-year-old mare VDL Groep Arera C (Indoctro x Voltaire) recording 46.24 seconds.
For fourth and fifth place to completed the Top 5 Grand Prix were the two-time winner of the week Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden in fourth place with 15-year-old gelding Centinero (Cento x Cash) and fifth French Simon Delestre with 13-year-old stallion Classic Bois Margot (L’Arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A).
The Latino Ranking representatives led by the great performance of Muylaert, did not complete a good day, remaining very distant in the final order, their other two representatives with Rene López in 40th place alongside 10-year-old mare Twig du Velillos (Diamant de Semilly x Tornado D’Hotot) accumulating 13 faults and Argentine Jose Maria Larocca with 9-year-old stallion Diablo Blanco (Chacco-Blue x Cento) was 45th, being its result of 24 fouls.