After climbing to second place at World Ranking the French Simon Delestre debut its new location in the jump-off after beating the Swiss Niklaus Rutschi and the Portuguese Luciana Diniz in a retail difference of 1 second. (Photo © csi-basel.ch)
To close the second day of CSI5* in Basel Frenchman Simon Delestre masterfully led by a jump-off of 10 classified, to give a good start to the year to obtain 80 valid FEI World Ranking points, then to climb to second place worldwide in the new classification issued this week.
With 11-years-old gelding Chesall (Casall x Concerto II) owned by MSH, Delestre completed the first double clear of the night a total of 7, recording a time of 33.41 seconds in a disputed finish, beating the Swiss house representative Niklaus Rutschi and his horse Windsor XV (Karandasj x Wellington) a 13-years old gelding in time of 34.16 seconds, while the Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz a Longines Global Champions Tour 2015 championed ended in third place with Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) an experienced 17-year-old stallion which completed its field in 34.17 seconds, with just 72 hundredths of a second difference between the top three.
For the fourth German Daniel Deusser world number 10 stopped the clock at 34.51 seconds with 13-years old gelding Clinton (Clinton x Calvaro Z) owned by Salamander Farm with not chance of victory and fifth place went to the Finnish Anna-Julia Kontio with horse Pacific des Essarts (Diamant de Semilly x Totoche du Banney) a 13-years old stallion owned by the rider completing the clear round in 34.74 seconds his presentation.
Ultimately the class had no major surprises with the best placed in the world ranking Simon Delestre winner, a total of 7 retired in the regular round for 52 pairs who started and two favorite with the winner for they position in the World Ranking were not able achieve greatly complicate the final result with a Belgian Gregory Wathelet fifth in the world in a distant 37th place, but not for the French Penelope Leprevost sixth in the world ending sixth.