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Sergio Alvarez Moya wins Grand Prix Renault de la Ville de Versailles

Sunday, 07 May 2017
CSI5* Jumping International du château de Versailles 2017

 Photo (c) Agence RB Presse / J.Rodrigues Sergio Alvarez Moya won the Grand Prix Renault de la Ville de Versailles. Photo (c) Agence RB Presse / J.Rodrigues.

Often in a jump-off, the last finishes first and this was the case in Saturday night's Grand Prix Renault de la Ville de Versailles as Sergio Alvarez Moya and Arrayan (Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus) stole the show. 

The 1.55m Grand Prix Renault de la Ville de Versailles met the riders with a tough first round, which was very technical. Twelve pairs out of thirty-nine went clear over the first round track to move on to the jump-off, including France's own Pénélope Leprévost and Simon Delestre. 

Germany's Daniel Deusser and Equita Van’t Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco) dominated the first part of the jump-off setting the time to beat at 39.09 seconds, but three of the last four riders to go offered perfect performances – each improving the result of his predecessor.

Italy's Alberto Zorzi was the first to beat Daniel Deusser’s time by seven hundredths without giving the impression to push Rackham’Jo (Diamant de Semilly x Alcamera de Moyon) to the limit. Following American rider Jessica Springsteen’s four faults, Netherland's Harrie Smolders and his wonderful stallion Emerald N.O.P. (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago Z) took over the lead stopping the clock at 38.21 seconds.

As last to go, Sergio Alvarez Moya took the opportunity on the fiery Arrayan – a horse with a very personal style – and improved Smolders’s time by two seconds exactly. "Arrayan was great, wasn’t he?" smiled the winner afterwards. "I was lucky! All my turns were right and kept me going fast. And there are moments when you need a bit of luck. All my distances were right, I just had to give it all. His style? It’s just how he jumps, but he only doesn’t want to make a fault and do his best. Anyway, it’s amazing to win here, this place if fantastic," concluded Alvarez Moya. 

Earlier in the day, Julien Epaillard made it a home win in the 1.50m Prix Le Figaro Magazine riding Toupie de la Roque (Kannan x Nabab de Reve), followed by Canada's Tiffany Foster on Brighton (Contendro II x Quick Star) in second and Sweden's Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Second Chance (Carland x White Clover) in third. 


Source: Press release from R&B Presse // Picture © Agence RB Presse / J.Rodrigues

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