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Exciting start on GCT in Cannes

Thursday, 09 June 2011

The winner of the biggest class thursday - Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star. Photo by Jenny AbrahamssonThe Global Champions Tour in Cannes kicked off today, and it started with a really difficult first class. It ended up to be a really fast one, that eventually was won by the homerider Simon Delestre on Ciana Z (Chellano Z - Belasco) ahead of Alvaro de Miranda on his fantastic chestnut AD Norson (Quidam de Revel - Grand Veneur). In third and fourth place were two other french riders; Kevin Staut with Major de Coquerie (Ahorn - Jalisco B) and Roger-Yves Bost on Nikyta Délle (Richebourg - Papillon Rouge).

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The CSI5* Prix Generali in Cannes saw a lot of clear rounds, even tough it was a really big course for being the first day of the show. Marc Houtzager was first to go in the jump-off and his stallion Sterrehof´s Opium, who was really calm in the first round, was getting back to his normal self bucking around after he crossed the finishline with the time of 37,77. It would eventually be good enough for third place. Next in the ring was Patrice Delaveau with Ornella Mail, and he really went for it but ended up with a time of 37,91 seconds.

Kamal Bahamdam and Cezanne took it easy, but still a pole fell to the ground. Roger-Yves Bost who was really good in the first class entered the arena with Ideal de la Loge. As you would expect from Roger-Yves he went fast and he took over the lead with 37,02 seconds. The small chestnut Cevo Itot du Chateau made the first round look really easy with his rider Edwina Alexander, but Edwina decided not to do the jump-off. That was also the case for Michael Robert with Kellemoi de Pepita and Alvaro de Miranda on AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan.Roger-Yves Bost and Ideal de la Loge are on a good flow these days. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson

Judy-Ann Melchior rode her new companion Little Lady and did it with style. Melchior didn´t go all in, but rode a nice clear round. Olivier Guillon with Lord de Theize had some missunderstandings in the turnes so they lost some time, but still crossed the finish line on 38,04. Christian Ahlmann rode Taloubet Z and they started off really well, but unfortunately got one of the last fences down. Rodrigo Pessoa, who has been in Florida over the winter, showed that Let´s Fly really is in a good form even tough they got one down. Wisconsin with Sergio Alvarez Moya was next to go and even they ended up with four faults as Wisconsin kicked down the third last fence.

Nick Skelton and Unique totaly misunderstood each other on the last fence and went through it instead of over, while Pablo Barrios on G&C Quick Star crossed the finish line on the fantastic time 36,20 to take the lead, pusing Bost down to second. Then it was time for the last rider in the jumpoff - the promising Spanish rider Manuel Anon with Baldo DS -and they did all they could to win the class but it didn´t go all the way and they took the last pole with them.

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