Shane Breen of Ireland shone at the jump-off Valence Grand Prix against three home riders. (Photo © Sportfot)
Irishman Shane Breen demonstrated quality at the $100,000 Prix Axeria et SFAM and led the jump-off round with a total of 4 ranked riders.
The course that was very complicated under the design of Italian Uliano Vezzani, a total of 39 pairs animated the regular round, but 11 of them ended up opting for the retirement and would be eliminated. Also the time allowed was an important factor in the different results that left 12 competitors loading some lack of penalty.
Already in the jump-off Shane Breen faced three home riders, loading with all the pressure and little support from the crowd, who hoped to see one of their representatives taking the victory. It was thus that the Irish rider was in charge to ruin the party for the attendance, stopping the clock in 45.18 seconds next to the 10-year-old Laith (Lord Z x Weinberg).
Putting final numbers to the competition, Shane Breen secured 100 World Ranking Points with his victory and first double clear round of the afternoon, while Frenchman Yannick Gaillot escorted him with the second and last double clear round along with the 11-year-old stallion Contano (Contendro II X Carthago) in 45.90 seconds. Nor could Romain Potin with the 9-year-old gelding Impression v Heffinck (Diabeau x Cartier vd Heffinck) in a 4 fouls round and Thierry Rozier having no chance with his partial result, make decision of retired accompanied by the 12-year-old mare Venezia d’Ecaussinnes (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Lys of Darmen) finishing in fourth place.
For the Latino Ranking Carlos Lopez of Colombia managed to add World Ranking Points, occupying 14th place next to the 9-year-old gelding Ivor van T Paradijs (Quadrillo x Indoctro), completing its field in 6 faults and 87.09 seconds. For his part Rene Lopez ran with less fortune on a course for oblivion, where he went on to total 22 fouls alongside the 11-year-old gelding Big Brother (Untouchable x Great Corrado) culminating in 25th place.