The German rider Simone Blum surprised at CSI5* Lausanne to stay with the most important class of the week, leaving in second to Roger Yves Bost and third Simon Delestre. (Photo © Scoopdyga – Pierre Costabadie)
World Number 172 German rider Simone Blum surprised with the most important victory of her career in the €270,000 Grand Prix Longines de la Ville de Lausanne.
Although Simone Blum had 9 FEI victories to date, she was accompanied by 10-year-old mare DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell) to take her tenth victory, setting the lead in the jump-off round for 11 classified riders, overcoming several questions by course design of Italian Uliano Vezzani.
Facing several of the world’s top riders, including former world champion and Olympic medalists, Simone Blum recorded a time of 38.29 seconds to beat French Olympic gold medalist Roger Yves Bost “Bosty”, who completed his course in 39.27 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa d’Elle) and former world champion Simon Delestre of France, performing with the 12-year-old stallion Chadino (Chacco-Blue x Narew xx) in time of 40.22 seconds.
The result allowed Simone Blum to take 150 World Ranking Points plus a prize of €89,100, in what will undoubtedly be a day for the memory by German rider.
Completed the Top 5 Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium in fourth place with the 9-year-old stallion Chilli Willi (Casall x Lord) in 40.45 seconds and fifth place for Italian Alberto Zorzi with the 13-year-old gelding Ego van Orti (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Darco) in 43.45 seconds, representing the last double clear round of the class.
The best seed and World No. 1 Kent Farrington of the United States completed the fastest 4 fouls regular round with the 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido), assembling a time of 73.47 seconds in the 13th place.
For the Latino Ranking Carlos López of Colombia added World Rakning Points finishing in 14th place, completing his regular round in 4 faults and 75.12 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall), while Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho was slightly slower in 84.38 seconds accumulating 6 fouls in 32nd place next to the 11-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler).