Patrice Delaveau was the master of today’s Falsterbo Derby when he aboard the amazing Ornella Mail (Lando x Alligator Fontaine) as the only rider rode a double clear. Patrice came in as the fifth rider and rode a brilliant round on the hot and bouncy mare which jumped with miles of air over every one of the 19 fences in the big grass ring. It was truly an impressive performance from Delaveau and his lovely nine year old French bred mare that comes from the Brullemail Stud in France.
The track was huge with the challenges you would expect in a derby; water, gates, grob and a bank – as well as the fence which is an imitation of the Öresund bridge. Plenty of riders got in trouble around the track; Maikel van der Vleuten’s VDL Groep Vleut (Quick Star x Cantus) slammed on the breaks at the gate out of the arena and then again at the gate down from the bank, Kevin Staut’s Kraque Boom (Olisco x Joyau d'Or) decided to follow his own will and refused twice – the last time on the gate that led out of the arena and Cian O’Connor got in trouble at the same place when Phin Phin’s Shooting Star (Phin Phin) slammed on the breaks and then again at the gate following the bank.
The only other rider who could challenge Patrice was Shane Breen on Mullaghdrin Gold Rain (Golden Cliff x Irco Rain). The Hickstead-based rider is a derby-specialist and made the track look like a walk in the park white his grey thirteen year old gelding, securing the huge crowds a jump-off.
Sweden’s Erika Lickhammer came the closest to Patrice and Shane, but had the first element of the combination at fence seventeen a and b down. Lickhammer then speeded her stallion Hip Hop (Feliciano x Electro) up and into top gear, securing the third position to wild cheers from the home crowds.
Patrice rode yet another clear round on the impressive Ornella in the jump-off; fast but still controlled. The French rider put the pressure on Breen to perform, and when the Mercedes Benz vertical fell for Breen he retired to settle for runner-up position.
“Ornella Mail is a young horse and has never done a derby before. I walked the course to assess if I should go out there with her, and nothing looked dangerous so I decided to give it a go to give her the experience. I think I had a little luck considering it was her first derby. It’s not always easy with her as she jumps so high up with her back,” Patrice said of his win. “Ornella has done some Grand Prix’s before, and will continue to do serve as one of my top horses. I will take her to Dublin,” the French rider said about the future plans for this amazing mare.
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