British rider Laura Renwick signed her second consecutive win in Saturday's Tropicana Derby of Dinard, riding the 10-year-old Rembrandt Blue (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar).
From early in the afternoon, the public was crowding the alleys of the Val Porée stadium in order to watch the event. There were 14 riders on the start list, ready to take up the challenge of a 1060 meter long course, with 29 jumps, the horses facing unusual difficulties like lakes, banks, ditches and a difficult double of verticals.
In front of fully packed grandstands, Renwick – famous for being one of the fastest in the world – delivered the only clear round of the class in a time of 165.41 seconds. With a big smile on her face, Laura said she was delighted with her horse that enjoys, just like her, that type of classes. "I took him here only for this Derby, it was my target this weekend, I am very pleased with the result. It is a unique and very demanding exercise for the horses, equivalent to several regular classes."
Second place went to Italian rider Luca Maria Moneta, riding the15 year-old Neptune Brécourt (Cumano x Kayack) only to get two penalty points for exceeding the time allowed stopping the clock on of 187.17. "I am very happy, the Derby is a new exercise for Neptune, whit whom I rode all the big classes and championships. This is only his fourth Derby, after La Baule, Hickstead and Falsterbo. He seemed to enjoy it. It is always easy to have a rail down on a Derby. Neptune is a very rapid horse, but if he goes too fast, he may push a rail down, which is why I preferred to go for a clear round even if I got time penalties. To me, this second place is fantastic, it is my best result ever on that type of classes," said Moneta.
In third position came home rider Julien Epaillard, riding Sheriff de la Nutria LM (Diamant de Semilly SF x Papillon Rouge), who signed the fastest time (162.24) but unfortunately had a rail down on the second last fence. "I am fully satisfied with Scheriff, he jumped well, he gave me everything. He placed 6th here last year. When you try to play the time, sometimes you pay for it towards the end of the course. After the n°19, I felt he was slightly tired, I had no information about Laura's time, maybe I should have paid a little more attention over the two last fences, but today we gained more experience on that type of classes I really enjoy riding."
Source: Press release Jumping International de Dinard // Picture © Pixel events
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