Two 1.45 competitions counting for the Longines Ranking entertained the crowds in Bordeaux on Saturday, with a home win for Patrice Delaveau while Pius Schwizer secured a Swiss victory.
Riding Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf I), Delaveau took his second win of the weekend and secured the third French five-star-victory of the event when he beat Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat by almost a second in the 1.45 speed competition Prix Foire Internationale de Bordeaux. 2012 Olympic Champion Guerdat had to settle for runner-up position aboard Albführen’s Happiness (Heartbeat x Lambrusco Ask) while his compatriot Paul Estermann and Castlefield Eclipse (Obos Quality x Furisto) took third place, more than 2.5 seconds behind Delaveau’s time.
"When Steve Guerdat leads, I always have this motivation to be better," joked the Normand rider. "The Prix Foire Internationale de Bordeaux is a good class, counting for the world ranking. It was the only one today I could ride on Carinjo before the Land Rover Grand Prixx tomorrow. He really likes this type of speed, and I don’t put him in danger by riding after the time. And still, it’s a good 1,45/1,50m. Even if it seems easy for him, it’s great for him," said the winner after.
The good Swiss results were followed up by Pius Schwizer who claimed victory in the 1.45 Prix France Bleu - France Info table C class. Riding the 14-year-old Davidoff V. Schl'Hof CH (Karondo v.Schloesslihof x Calando II), Pius left all the fences intact with the clock stopping at 51.36 seconds. Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar followed more than two seconds behind aboard the 9-year-old Quidam de Revel-daughter Top Lulu, also he clear - while Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Hildago V (Quadrillo x Andiamo) finished in third. Norway's Victoria Gulliksen had to settle for fourth after producing the fastest time of the class, but on the expense of a rail down and four seconds added.
Text © World of Showjumping (source quotes press release from Jumping International de Bordeaux) // Photo © Tiffany van Halle
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