The Frenchman set the course in the tiebreaker with the mare Flora de Mariposa to beat the Irish Billy Twomey with advantage of 63 hundredths of a second. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
After a big downfall at the Rio Olympic Games, French rider Penelope Leprevost has been slowly picking up the pace with good results and today was no exception with a great win in the BMW Cup at CSI 5* Jumping Verona.
In a class that included 42 pairs for the regular round, only 7 returned to the tiebreaker and the winner got a time of 36.40 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light) owned by Madame Genevieve Megret to getting 80 World Ranking points and €15,450.
Without major enemies, Leprevost had only to wrestle a fight for the first place with Irishman Billy Twomey and his 13-year-old gelding Diaghilev (For Pleasure x Power Light) owned by Mr C Payne, in a one-two of For Pleasure sons, leaving Twomey distanced from the first by 63 hundredths of a second, before a perfect strategy raised by the winner.
The Top 5 were occupied by three home riders with Lorenzo de Luca taking possession of the third place and 14-year-old stallion Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo) in time of 42.14 seconds to be very distant of the French. Davide Sbardella and Triomphe van Schuttershof were fourth in the standings with a time of 43.27 seconds, while fifth place was Alberto Zorzi and 8-year-old mare Danique (Zento x Hamlet) in round of 4 fouls and 38.59 seconds.
Again the luck was not accompanied to the best seed of the competition, Christian Alhmann from Germany and number 1 of the world, finished in 32th place with Aragon Z (Askari x Kolibri) when fall down two poles in the regular round. Simon Delestre of France, number 2 of the World-wide Ranking, finished in the position 12th with Classic Bois Margot (L’arc de Triomphe x Galoubet To) when totalizing 4 faults in its presentation.