Frenchman Simon Delestre puts order in the €25,000 Antonio Carraro speed class and beat the Spaniard Eduardo Alvarez Aznar. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The French Simon Delestre continued his journey to recovery the world number 1 and puts order in the €25,000 Antonio Carraro of the CSI5* Jumping Verona.
With a total of 39 pairs the speed class was given on course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, where the former World Ranking leader Simon Deletre set the pace in 59.47 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Catch Me T (Contagio x Werther) owned by Pauline Kludt, assuring 50 FEI Ranking Points.
While not getting the fastest time of the third FEI event of the week, Simon Delestre assured a perfect course and ultimately was the only rider who managed to lower the 60 seconds barrier in a clear round.
For second place Eduardo Alvarez Aznar of Spain registered a time of 60.09 seconds with the 8-year-old mare Dollar Girl (Dollar du Murier x Shield I) and third place was Marc Houtzager of Holland accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Sterrehof’s Balou (Phin Phin x Niveau) scored 60.61 seconds.
The Top 5 was completed by Filippo Marco Bologni of Italy in fourth place, with the great support of the crowd and completing his course in 62.74 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Quidich de la Chavee (President x Apache d’Adriers), while fifth place was occupied by Marit H. Skollerud from Norway with the 9-year-old mare Stalypsa (Stalypso x Grannus) in 64.07 seconds.
The best time of the class was for the Egyptian rider Abdel Said stopping the clock in 57.50 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrillo x Balou du Rouet), accumulating 4 fouls in the 11th place.
By the Latino Ranking Rene Lopez of Colombia was the only participant, completing a 10 fouls round in 81.26 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Destiny’s Child (Sandro Boy x Corland), to be in a distant 32nd place.