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Bettinger, Clemens and Sakakini with Grand Prix wins at the tours

Sunday, 22 February 2015
From tour to tour 2015

Marc Bettinger won the Grand Prix in Vilamoura on Bacardi. Photo (c) Vilamoura Atlantic Tour.
Marc Bettinger won the Grand Prix in Vilamoura on Bacardi. Photo (c) Vilamoura Atlantic Tour.

The first Grand Prix win at the Atlantic Tour 2015 went to Marc Bettinger and Bacardi (Balou du Rouet x Argentinus). The CSI2* 1.45 class had fifty riders in it, but the German rider was in a league of his own producing a double clear round and a time in the jump-off that was almost three seconds faster than that of runner-up Laura Renwick on Heliodor Hybris (Diamant de Semilly x Canonball). Bruno Chimirri and Luca (Lux x Amaretto I) ended third, almost four seconds behind the winner on the clock.

At the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour, Pieter Clemens won the CSI2* 1.45 Grand Prix. Riding Quali Quanti (Quantum x Silvester), the Belgian rider had one of only four double clear rounds in this class that counted over sixty riders. Almost two seconds behind in the jump-off was Philippe Leoni on Shana de Kerglenn (Diamant de Semilly x Quito de Baussy), while third place belonged to another French rider – Harold Boisset aboard Palese St Loise (Quidam de Revel x Papillon Rouge).

At the Sunshine Tour, the CSI3* 1.55 Grand Prix was won by Anddre Sakakini. The Italian rider was aboard HW’S Saskia (Stakkato Gold x Promotion), and was only fractions faster in the jump-off than runner-up Reed Kessler on Cos I Can (Olympic Lux x Harlequin de Carel) as only 0.03 seconds separated the two riders. Third place went to Yuri Mansur on Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido).

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