Steve Guerdat commands with speed the Franco Tucci Trophy.

Victory for the Swiss Olympic medalist in the speed class by overcoming the French duo of Simon Delestre and Kevin Staut. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)


For the penultimate day of the CSI 5* Verona, it began with the dispute of Franco Tucci Trophy and the victory for Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat of Switzerland.

Without major problems the winner got a time of 54.07 seconds in the speed class, which allowed him to add 50 World Ranking points and a prize of €6,150 for the first place with the 10-year-old mare Albufuehren’s Happiness (Heartbeat X Lambrusco ASK). The lead ahead of world number two and second-placed Simon Delestre was 63 hundredths of a second, stopping the clock in 54.70 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Sultan du Chateau (Kannan vs. Galoubet A).

For the third place, another Frenchman took the honors with yesterday’s winner Kevin Staut finishing in 58.15 seconds with 10-year-old stallion Silver Deux de Virton HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker), while the Top 5 completed it in fourth place Douglas Lindelöf of Sweden with the 10-year-old mare Caville (Cartogran x Mr Blue) in 59.11 seconds and the fifth place went to Geir Gulliksen of Norway, registering 59.99 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Arakorn (Cantos x Damiro).

The world number 1 and best seeded Christian Ahlmann, retired during his regular course, being out of all option.


Final Results