The Frenchman Simon Delestre was unbeatable in the jump-off to overcome yesterday’s winner Beezie Madden. (Photo © R B Presse-J. Rodrigues)
The former World Ranking Leader Simon Delestre of France was unbeatable in the €65,000 Prix SFAM to take his first victory of the CSI5* Valence.
Making his classification for the jump-off with the 12-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto II), the world number 11 Simon Delestre stopped the clock in 40.48 seconds to overcome with tight marge, yesterday’s winner Beezie Madden of the United States, being the difference of 21 hundredths of a second.
For Simon Delestre, today’s win represented 80 World Ranking Points and equally his first win of the week, while Beezie Madden completed her jump-off in 40.69 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II), registering two good results on consecutive days.
The third place was Michel Hendrix of Holland next to the 11-year-old gelding Baileys (Indoctro x Come on) with a time of 41.35 seconds and fourth place was Belgian rider Francois Jr. Mathy, to be the last double clear round of the class in 48.68 seconds.
For the Pan American Ranking they were also able to add points Reed Kessler in the eighth place accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Cos I Can (Olympic Lux x Harlequin du Carel) in a jump-off of 4 faults and the world number 1 Kent Farrington concreted a field of 4 regular round fouls next to the 11-year-old gelding Sherman d’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star) in the 13th place.
For Latino Ranking Carlos López of Colombia secured in 16th place with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) in field of 4 faults and to add FEI Ranking Points. Out of the points were Yuri Mansur of Brazil in 20th place with the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines), Santiago Díaz Ortega of Colombia was 31st accumulating 8 fouls with the 9-year-old gelding Carlson (Calido I x Silvio I) and his fellowmen Dayro Arroyave and Rene López retired.