Edwina Alexander and Cevo Itot du Château won tonight's GCT Grand Prix class in Chantilly ahead of Luciana Diniz and Penelope Leprevost. Edwina Alexander scored her second biggest win this season matching her Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes success. She likes France, and so does her French bred trusted partner Itot de Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A). Of the eighteen riders who went to the second round, nine jumped clear of which only three were double clear to demand a place in the jump-off. Three girls battled it out; Penelope Leprevost on Mylord Carthago *HN (Carthago x Jalisco B), Edwina Alexander on Itot and Luciana Diniz on Lennox (Lifestyle x Grannus) were the only three to jump double clean to go into the exciting jump-off.
In the jump-off Penelope took every angle possible with Mylord Carthago and was over the finish line in 44.16 seconds. Although Itot de Chateau is a smaller horse in stature, Edwina had the horse covering the ground well, turning up on a very short track to the second last vertical before putting in a hard gallop to the last to be home in 41.88 seconds.
Sitting in pole position to go last in the jump-off Luciana looked quicker over the ground with Lennox, but fell short in time by only 0.03 of a second, finishing on 41.91 seconds to be runner-up.
Asked about her amazing horse, Itot du Chateau, Edwina said: “When you have all the control and the dressage is good and your horse is feeling fantastic you should be able to win anywhere. He’s an incredible horse and that is why he wins in different places.” About the jump-off, the Australian rider said; "In the jump-off I was really surprised that I was faster than Penelope. She was so smooth and slick. And so I took a risk to the last and came out thinking I was not fast enough. Probably, if I hadn’t made all those extra strides I wouldn’t have won. It’s just as well I did those strides at the last jump."
“I tried my best to beat Edwina in the jump-off but she was the best today. It was a very special win for me today,” Luciana said. Asked why it was such a special podium place she said: “First of all I would like to thank all the team that made this dream possible. Without them I couldn’t have come in behind Edwina at all in the jump-off. I had the best time today. It was a very special win for me today even if I was second. My whole family is here, my children, my parents, plus friends from Brazil – I want to thank them for everything. If everything is working in harmony it’s a victory and the last few weeks have shown this harmony works.”
Top 10 placings:
1. Edwina Alexander, Australia, Itot de Chateau, 0/0/0 41.88
2. Luciana Diniz, Portugal, Lennox, 0/0/0 41.91
3. Penelope Leprevost, France, Mylord Carthago, 0/0/0 44.16
4. Laurra Kraut, USA, Cedric, 1/0/ - 72.11
5. Eric Lamaze, Canada, Atlete Van’t Heike, 1/1 – 77.13
6. Marco Kutscher, Germany, Cash 63 4/0 – 63.55
7. Harrie Smolders, Netherlands, Regina Z 4/0 – 64.41
8. Rodrigo Pessoa, Brazil, Let’s Fly 4/0 -66.70
9. Simon Delestre, France, Vancouver DML – 4/0 -68.88
10. Leopold van Asten, Netherlands, VDL Groep Santana B 4/0/-68.95
For full results go here.
Source: Press release from the GCT
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