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Brazilian victory in Fontainbleau

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Bernardo Alves in Cannes last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The CSI4* in Fontainbleau, France, has gathered a lot of good riders this weekend. Yesterday even Kevin Staut had taken a break from the GCT in Monte Carlo and made an appearance. The biggest class yesterday, the 1.50 class, was won by the Brazilian rider Bernardo Alves who actually won last year's GCT leg in Monte Carlo aboard Bridgit (Kannan x Pion). This weekend the victory came aboard Mobily Allah Jabek.

The class counted 74 riders and 25 of them had a clear first rounds, which qualified them for the second round where there were yet another elleven clears.

Alves won with the time 42.01, with Rene Lopez and Noblesse des Tess (by Vincent) right behind him on the time 42.12. The home crowd still got something to celebrate as the always stylish Michel Robert and his great mare Kellemoi de Pepita (Voltaire x Jalme des Mesnuls) crossed the finish line at 80.05 which was good enough for third place. 

Leopold van Asten was riding his best horse VDL Groep Santana B (Mr Blue x Alme Z) which finally is back after a long break. The pair rode a double clear and were number four, while Pedro Veniss secured two riders in the top five for Brasil together with Lester Vador (Bolero de Brecey x Mummy's Pet). Simon Crippen and the fantastic stallion Voss (Voltaire x Animo) had a double clear and seem to be back on track after some difficulties in Drammen last weekend. The other double clears were Edouard Cpouperie and Nectar de Roches (Cumano x Count Ivor), the young and talented Eugenie Angot aboard Old Chap Tame (Carthage x Quidam de Revel), Stehanie Finetto on Merlins Magic (Furisto x Hildenley), Franck Schillewaert and Marquis de la Lande (Quito de Baussy*Waiti x Starter) and Jessica Kürten who rode Lektor 35 (Kronshage x Pamina).

Full results can be found here.

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