The biggest class at the Donbass Tour on Saturday was won by Luciana Diniz and Lennox (Lifestyle x Grannus). With no less than 65 000 Euro to the winner the 1.55 class’ jump-off was bound to be a battle, and in the end six riders moved on to fight for the top prize after being clear around the first round track – where the final triple combination at 13ab and c caught many of the 22 riders in the class. Gregory Wathelet was the first rider out in the jump-off, and he put more than enough pressure on the remaining riders as he produced a very fast and efficient round on Rik Hemeryck’s former ride Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I) stopping the clock at 34.10. His lead was not to last though as home rider Cassio Rivetti produced another fantastic smooth round on the lovely 15 year old stallion Vivant (Fuergo du Prelet x Landino), shaving off enough time to take the lead on 33.50.
Luciana Diniz was next in the ring on the impressive Lennox, and she used the gelding’s huge canter to her advantage – shaving off 0.11 seconds on Cassio’s time to take the lead. Edwina Tops-Alexander went for a steady clear on the power house Ego van Orti (Vigo D´arsouilles x Darco) to eventually finish fifth, while Simon Delestre gave it a shot on Valentinon Velvet (Indoctro x Burggraaf) – but was only good enough for third at 34.04 still managing to push Wathelet down to fourth. Ludger Beerbaum was last to go, but Chaman had an early pole down – and the German rider had to settle for sixth (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You).
Earlier in the day Gregory Wathelet and Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken) ended on top of the 1.45 speed class. The Belgian rider came in towards the end of the 21 rider class producing a very quick round at 62.80 seconds, and pushed Janika Sprunger and JL‘s Komparse (Padinus x Murano) down to second taking home the top prize of 22500 Euro. The Swiss rider had taken an early lead around the twelve fence track, crossing the finish line on 63.95 seconds as number six to go. Second last to go Emanuele Gaudiano squized in between the two though ending as runner-up on Admara 2 (Kolibri x Kronenkranich xx) with a time of 63.70. It was a tight race in the class, as Janika only had 0.01 seconds down to fourth placed Katharina Offel and then 0.02 seconds down to fifth placed William Funnell.
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