It does not get much closer in showjumping; Thursday night's Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva was won by Roger-Yves Bost by 0.02 seconds. Right behind the French speed master followed another rider known for his danger against the clock; Abdelkebir Ouaddar.
The 1.55 competition, that also served as a qualifier for Sunday's Rolex Grand Prix, had fifty riders lined up to give it a go. As the first round came to an end, sixteen of them had produced clear rounds moving on to the jump-off. With world-class riders present, it came as no surprise that it was the very best of the best that would fight for the 66.000 Euro top prize - and with big names such as Lamaze, Diniz, Staut, Schwizer, Delaveau, Wathelet and Ahlmann in the jump-off it almost promised to be a blistering fast affair.
Riding Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa d´Elle*HN), Bosty was the one with the margins on his side this time around though and with as little as 0.02 between him and Ouaddar on crowd-favorite Quickly de Kreisker (Diamant de Semilly x Laudanum XX) it was the closest of calls in Palexbo as the class came to an end.
Following France and Morroco was Canada's Eric Lamaze, another rider famous for his speed, aboard Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II). Lamaze was as Bost and Ouaddar also on the 48-second mark, but 0.25 behind the French winner. Great Britain's Ben Maher finished fourth on Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz), while Turkey's Omer Karaevli ended fifth on Roso au Crosnier (Looping d´Elle x Odin de la Cense) with the last double clear of the class.
Earlier in the day, it was double Swiss on top in the opening 1.45 Prix des Vins de Genève. Philippe Putallaz and Ouessant de Perhet (Quidam de Revel x Muguet du Manoir) won with almost half of a second down to Christina Liebherr on L.B. Akteur (Jupilot x Furore) in this two phase class. Third place went to Ben Maher on Boomerang (Orlando x Lux).
Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Dirk Caremans/www.hippofoto.be.
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