No one could catch the speed phantom Roger Yves Bost on home soil in the Grand Palais Friday afternoon. As number six to go in the Prix Hermès Sellier, Bosty steered the 15 year old stallion Castle Forbes Vivaldo VH Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z) to a time that proved impossible to beat for those 32 riders that were next to come. With incredible turns all the way, and his usual speed – Bosty crossed the finish line on 54.66 seconds – much to the celebrations of the home crowds. It was all about turning in this 1.50 speed class, and nobody did it better than the notoriously fast Frenchman who made sure the Marseilles was played in the Grand Palais today.
The 11 fence course – that included two combinations and a wall as the last fence – proved tricky enough, with 16 out of 38 combinations going clear. Plenty of the horses jumped great today, and looked dangerous for the classes to come – such as H&M Tornesch (Lux Z x Libero H), Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot), Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor), Sterrehof’s Uppity (Guidam x Epilot) and Charlie (Cornet Obolensky x Potsdam) to mention some. All were clear, but not all of them in the ribbons.
Closest to Bosty came leading French lady rider Penelope Leprevost riding Nayana (Royal Feu x Narcos II). With a time of 55.92, the super stylish rider made sure it was double French at top. Third was Pius Schwizer aboard Verdi III (Hors la Loi II x Cantus); just fractions behind Penelope at 55.94 – followed by Marcus Ehning in fourth.
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