The Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya prevailed with an exact advantage of 2 seconds in the tiebreaker overtaking Dutchman Harrie Smolders. Rene López of Colombia within points. (Photo © RB Presse)
With a total fullness, great atmosphere and spectacular landscapes in front of the Palace of Versailles, the €100,000 Grand Prix Renault et de la Ville de Versailles competition was held in France with the decisive victory for Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain alongside 12-year-old gelding Arrayan (Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus) owned by Alvarez Moya Horses S.L.
With 38 pairs in regular round, 12 got their pass to the jump-off, where 6 of them would get double clear round and Sergio Alvarez Moya at top of group, after stopping the clock in 36.21 seconds to take 100 World Ranking points. Making a quick tiebreaker, the winner’s advantage was 2 seconds ahead of Dutchman Harrie Smolders, who appeared with 13-year-old stallion Emerald N.O.P. (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago Z). For third place Alberto Zorzi of Italy recorded a time of 39.02 seconds next to 12-year-old stallion Rackham’Jo (Diamant de Semilly x Alcamera de Moyon), while completing the Top 5 ex-number 1 of the world and current number 3 Daniel Deusser of Germany in fourth place in time of 39.09 seconds with 13-year-old mare Equita van Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco) and fifth place Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden in 44.47 seconds with 11-year-old mare H&M Cue Channa 42 (Cardento 933 x Robin Z).
For Latino Ranking was Colombian rider Rene López getting his classification to the jump-off, but downed two rails to totalize 8 faults in 44.28 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Big Brother (Untouchable 27 x Gran Corrado), placing in 11th position to add 25 World Ranking points. The other rider who participated was Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa, who retiring in his regular round.
The best seed in the competition was World’s No. 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of United States complete his regular round in 8 fouls to take 26th place with 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Warm).