The Swiss rider dominated pleasure star Grand Prix with wide lead of almost 10 seconds over his nearest rival Czech Ales Opatrny. Santiago Lambre of Mexico looked to Johnny Boy in fourth place. (Photo © Michael Graf)
To close the week CSI4 * in Salzburg, Austria, Swiss Romain Duguet was responsible for giving a strong touch against rivals to win comfortably Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix in dispute, which distributed 100,000 Euros and 100 valid points for winning the World Ranking.
With a full house and course design by the Austrian duo Adi Appe and Franz Madl, 38 pairs seeking win the cup, where just 10 would have a real chance of opting for first place in the jump-off.
Led by Swiss Romain Duguet number 33 of the world and 13 years old Otello du Soleil (Alligator Fontaine Papillon Rouge x), they drove a perfect pitch in time 46.59 seconds, resulting not only unbeatable, but also unattainable by his followers . Very distant second in the Czech Ales Opatrny with Acovaro (Acodetto I x Calvaro) ensured a conservative pace with the second and final double clear competition, in time of 55.76 seconds, nearly 10 seconds up the winner.
For the third German David Will and Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) strengthened in pursuit of victory, but an mistake to bring down a rail cost them victory, setting the fastest time in 42.82 seconds of the jump-off and 4 fouls.
The best representative of Latino Ranking was Mexican Santiago Lambre, number 11 on the regional board and number 1 of his country, who after having a very poor week as regards results, could redeem himself very forcefully on the final day to occupy fourth place in the Grand Prix. His pair Johnny Boy (Johnny Boy II x Silvio I) which withdrew twice in their regular round of CSI4*, marked the second fastest time of the final round in 45.84 seconds with a takedown to total 4 fouls. Meanwhile the Brazilian Yuri Mansur and Amor (Namelus R x Haarlem) failed to qualify for the jump-off, then to demolish three obstacles that stood at the end in 27th place.
The position and closing removes the top five was the Ukrainian rider Katharina Offel who appeared with Umeunig (Untouchable Chellano Z x Z) completing its jump-off route in 47.71 seconds and 4 fouls.
Curiously the winner Romain Duguet not won since exactly 1 month, after the November 6 with the same issue Otello Du Soleil, they did in the CSI4* of Liege in Belgium.