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Tops-Alexander and Allen, the Queen and King of the Grand Palais

Saturday, 17 March 2018
CSI5* Saut Hermès 2018

Photo (c) Saut Hermès Bertram Allen and Edwina Tops-Alexander won the Le Saut Hermès in Paris. Photo (c) Saut Hermès.

Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander and Irish rider Bertram Allen won the 9th edition of the Le Saut Hermès, a 1.60m class over two rounds for mixed couples.

The couple was leading the way after the first round following their two clears, holding a five-point lead over the second-placed pair, Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) and Kevin Staut (FRA).

Riding Lintea Tequila (Campbell 5 x Corrado II), Edwina Tops-Alexander – who won the Grand Prix Hermès last year – managed to produce another clear round, along with the fastest time of 50.88 seconds. 22-year-old Allen completed his second round with four penalty points on Christy Jnr (Indoctro x Clinton I), which proved just enough to win the class.

“It went right down to wire,” said Bertram Allen. “It was a really exciting class! Edwina made my job easier by doing two clear rounds. I knew I could only afford to make one mistake if we wanted to win. So I’m really happy. What’s more, my 9-year-old horse is still a novice at this level of competition. He is still learning. So, I’m really pleased with him.”

“I’m over the moon with our victory,” said Edwina Tops-Alexander. “To win the Le Saut Hermès, just one year after I won the Grand Prix Hermès, and particularly after my long break following the birth of my daughter, I really am very happy.”

With a total of four faults, the couple finished just one point ahead of Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Cue Channa (Cardento 933 x Robin Z) and Kevin Staut on Silver Deux de Virton*HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker).

Finally, Margaux Bost (FRA) and As de Papignies (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Ahorn Z) – who were third in this same class last year – rode two clear rounds to take third place with her partner Cédric Angot, riding Talent des Moitiers (Joyau de Bloye x Plein d´Espoir V), with a total of 12 faults.

 


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