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Marlon Modolo Zanotelli wins Thursday's biggest class at Bolesworth International

Friday, 17 June 2016
CSI4* Bolesworth 2016

Marlon Zanotelli won Thursday's 1.50 competition at Bolesworth International. Photo (c) Bolesworth International.
Marlon Zanotelli won Thursday's 1.50 competition at Bolesworth International. Photo (c) Bolesworth International.

Brazil's Marlon Modolo Zanotelli started where he left off 12 months ago by being a winner at the CSI4* Bolesworth International on Thursday.

Zanotelli, who won more classes than any other rider during Bolesworth's 2015 event, took the 1.50 two-phase class sponsored by Equiline/Fearns Farm Partnership on the Diamant de Semilly-son Rock 'n Roll Semilly landing a top prize of £6,400.

And in doing so, he underlined the rich potential that could easily be converted into an appearance at a home Olympics in Rio later this summer. "The team looks good - Brazil has some good horses," Zanotelli said. "I would say we have about seven riders with a chance of making selection, and they all look good. It is a good group together, and everyone is motivated. Hopefully, I will be selected. An Olympics at home - and my first one - would be special."

Reflecting on his latest Bolesworth triumph after edging runner-up American Lillie Keenan and Super Sox (Salito x Silvio I) into second, with Britain's Chloe Aston on Kolibri Classic (Kolibri x For Joy) third, Zanotelli added: "He jumped very well, he is always doing a great job. He can do the tight turns very well."

Irish eyes were smiling at Bolesworth when Marion Hughes won the CSI4* 1.35 speed class, sponsored by NFU Mutual. A bumper field entered the afternoon's feature event, and Hughes showed all her experience to guide Heritage HHS Fortuna (Heritage Fortunus x Cavalier Royale) home in a time of 63.93 seconds.

Britain's Keith Shore, riding Zegreanne Z (Zandor Z x Jus de Pomme), led the chasing pack in second spot with a time of 64.16, and third went to another Britishb rider - Douglas Duffin - on Chiquito Z (Chellano Z x Libero H).

"I was hoping that I would hoold out for the whole class because there were a good few fast ones to go after me," Hughes said. "My mare is very fast. I didn't do the inside routes - I just decided to just keep nice and flowing, and I think it paid off."

Dutch showjumper Stefanie van den Brink, meanwhile, had a Bolesworth debut to savour when she landed the four-star opener - a two-phase 1.45 competition sponsored by Harthill Stud.

And Bolesworth's international appeal was highlighted by the fact that the first five riders represented five different countries - Holland, Egypt, Ireland, Britain and Belgium. Riding Merida 8 ( Metropole x Hildenley), van den Brink's time of 24.49 seconds proved just enough to edge out Egypt's Karim Elzoghby and Colour Girl (Cormint x Locato), with Irish challenger Dermott Lennon on Fleur IV (Chatman x Darco) third.

Reflecting on her win, van den Brink said: "I followed my own plan, and it worked out well. We didn't expect to win, but he went really well."


Source: Press release from Bolesworth International // Picture © Bolesworth International 

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