Roger-Yves Bost produced a stunning encore by clocking up a double win at the GCT in Estoril. Bosty lived up to his speedy reputation setting a cracking pace on his star speed horse Castle Forbes Cosma to seize the Prix Mercedes Benz - the build up class to the all-important Grand Prix of Portugal tonight. The 1m45 course was designed to invite riders to go all out for speed and Bost and Belgian Gregory Wathelet, who finished in second place, certainly delivered.
Bost won the first 5* speed class here yesterday in the sophisticated resort of Cascais on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. Celebrating his double today, Bost said: “Today my horse was feeling even better. Really loosened up and relaxed. I have been with the horse since December last year and she is so fast and so careful. Wonderful. In this class it was easy for her and I am also taking her into bigger classes like 1m55 now.”
This afternoon’s class Table A was in two phases with riders needing to go clear in the first round and then go for speed in the second phase. Bosty started lower down the 34-strong field and immediately hit the gas to chase the lead time of 30.90 set by Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet on his statuesque 10-year-old chestnut mare Banda de Hus. Wathelet made a super turn into the red and white casino upright and was fast by the time he turned from the Jaeger-LeCoultre fence to the final jump. But Bost was unrelenting and when a rail on the double was rattled but held, he was on his way to victory in 30.58. Mario Stevens of Germany was on a mission to notch up another success at the GCT Estoril and duly performed a super double clear in 31.07 earning him third place.
Source: GCT press release
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