The two star Grand Prix in Deauville had an all French podium, and was won by home rider Julien Epaillard after a long nineteen horse jump-off. Veteran Gilbert Doerr on Quito de Kerglenn (Diamant de Semilly), took an early lead and set a target time in the jump-off at 38.88 seconds – a time that lasted until the final couple entered the ring. Epaillard left Doerr no chance aboard Safari d'Auge (Diamant de Semilly) taking the win well over a second faster. Third place went to Tony Hanquinquant on Oxygene d'Eglefin (Calisco du Pitray) with a time of 39.33 seconds.
"This is a real horse for the future. Next year, he will be 9 years and will evolve in 5 stars competitions and see whether it is competitive. I believe a lot in it," said Epaillard after his win on Safari d'Auge.
Sunday's CSI2* Grand Prix in Neeroeteren was won by Ukraine's Cassio Rivetti. Riding Cassiana (Cassinus x Come On) to one of the nine double clear rounds in the 1.45 class, Cassio was the fastest one in the jump-off with his time of 33.81 seconds. Runner-up was Belgium's Catherine van Roosbroeck on Calumet (Jouyeux Ardent x Ircolando), who stopped the clock on 35.16 seconds. In third came Dutch rider Mathijs van Asten on VDL Groep Zapfier (Colman x Lux).
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