Patrice Delaveau delivered a hugely popular win as the mercury soared in Paris in the build up to the 8th Grand Prix of the 2015 tour season. The Frenchman clinched victory in 34.27 on his 13-year-old bay stallion Orient Express (Quick Star SF x Le Tot de Semilly) in front of delighted fans at the stunning arena overloooked by the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower.
Delaveau thanked the legions of fans who watched the 5* 1.50m competition featuring the world’s top riders from the breathtaking venue on the Champs de Mars.
There were 47 starters in the Prix Eiffel presented by L’Equipe and 19 riders went through to the jump off. Among the big names were Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Scott Brash, tour ranking leader Luciana Diniz, Edwina Tops-Alexander and last year’s Grand Prix victor Kevin Staut.
The double combination proved tricky for many of the world's top riders, and the jump off test saw only six riders pull off the double clear. Christian Ahlmann looked to be the big threat but his time of 36.14 was not fast enough and he finished fourth behind the Colombian riders Daniel Bluman on Conconcreto Believe (Ukato x Burggraaf) and Carlos Lopez on Prince de la Mare (Bequin de Moens x Socrate de Chivre) that ended second and third respectively.
Source: Press release from Longines Global Champions Tour
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