Celebrating in style currently ranked 4th worldwide, Simon Delestre led the Cup by beating compatriot Patrice Delaveau second on the podium and the third was for Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands. (Photo © Longines Masters Paris)
The expected 2015 Gucci Gold Cup from CSI5* Longines Paris Masters went to Frenchman Simon Delestre, number 4 in the world with 10 years old gelding Chesall (Casall x Concerto II). Dominating the winning round in time of 39.98 seconds and clear round, closed-end overcame compatriot Patrice Delaveau and Leontine Ledimar Z HDC (Lodefever II x Grosso Z), a young mare of 8 years old, completing his court at 40.56 seconds in a real festival mounted by the audience.
With nationalism sprouting to the surface by the audience who enjoyed and full facilities Masters, today sang a capella La Marseillaise with its two main World Cup figures of today, making it clear the dominance of French riders to throughout the week. With a total of 29 pairs start was given to the class, which ultimately end up with three clear rounds, which were those who took the podium awards.
Already defined the first two positions by Delestre and Delaveau, the third place went to Dutch Maikel van der Vleuten and 9 years old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Caletto I), completing the last clear round with not faults in 42.56 seconds.
The fastest Bertram Allen would give a new sample of his qualities as the world’s fastest rider on the board, marking the fastest time of 38.22 seconds with Quiet Easy 4 (Quidam’s Rubin x Zapateado), but dropped a rail to fourth marginalized place. Same fate was in fifth place the best womanrider in the world and was a crowd favorite Penelope Leprevost with the 11 years old mare Nice Stephanie (Cardento x Ralme Z), improving time brokered by the winning score 38.80 seconds with 4 fouls for a takedown.
By PAEC Ranking the best representative was the American rider Audrey Coulter and Alex (Arpeggio x Mon Cheri) in 13th place in field of 8 faults and 65.25 seconds in the first rondad competition. For Latinos to only participate was the Brazilian Bernardo Alves who knocked three obstacles for a total of 12 fouls with Vatson Sitte (Cardento x Chellano Z). Lauren Hough US withdrew in the regular round.