The Colombian rider Rene Lopez shone to get the victory in the French Grand Prix, beating the home rider Nicolas Delmotte. Participating were Luiz Felipe de Azevedo, Andre Reichmann and Mark Bluman. (Photo © Archive)
Colombian rider Rene Lopez once again shone for a new Grand Prix victory after he dominated the Grand Prix Ville de Béthune designed by Frenchman Jean-Francois Morand for 49 pairs.
Rene Lopez secured 50 World Ranking Points with his result in first place, completing his course accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Con Dios III (Colman x Romino) in 39.09 seconds. Being his third 2017 FEI victory, Lopez World No. 247, accumulates to date only 4 triumphs in international events endorsed by FEI, where without doubt he will manage to climb several places in the next measurement. Totally attached to his strategy, the winner took as a prize €14,850.
The second and third place was for the French riders Nicolas Delmotte and Max Thirouin, failing to reduce the barrier of 40 seconds both house riders, but ensuring good results with the 14-year-old gelding Darmani van T Heike (Grandeur x Voltaire) to Delmotte in 40.51 seconds, while Thirouin did with the 9-year-old mare Utopia Villelongue (Milord Carthage x Calypso d’Herbier) in 42.16 seconds. The last double clear round was the Italian rider Daniele Augusto Da Rios in fourth place, completing his pitch in 42.40 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion For Passion (For Pleasure x Rio Branco).
Representing the Latino Ranking led by Rene Lopez as winner, also had the participation, but remaining out of the FEI Ranking points of Brazilian Luiz Felipe de Azevedo with 11-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler) in 5 fouls field and 85.32 seconds to occupy the 21st position, being escorted by his fellowman Andre Reichmann in 22nd place along with the 9-year-old gelding Intro van Eeckelghem (Sandro Boy x Cheyenne de Baugy) in 87.14 seconds with the same 5 faults and finally the Colombian rider Mark Bluman totaled 8 fouls in 26th place with the 10-year-old stallion Wildfire (Quidam de Revel) in time of 81.71 seconds.