The Italian riders were in sensational form on the opening day of the CSIO5* show in Rome. The biggest class of the day – the Trofeo Mercedes Benz Roma – saw Giulia Martinengo go all the way to the top. Giovanni Bussu's first-round track in this 1.50 class produced no less than 36 clears, so it was a real race against the clock in the jump-off.
Martinengo had the fastest time in the jump-off; she crossed the finish line on 27.48 seconds aboard Loro Piana Chiclana (Cascavelle x Lavall I) – while winners from Paris; Rik Hemeryck and Quarco de Kerambars (Darco x Skippy II) were extremely close in second with the time of 27.49. Nick Skelton finished third with his fantastic Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) on 27.89 – just behind the two others.
The 1.45 class was won by Rodrigo Pessoa on the home-bred Loro Piana Palouchin (Baloubet du Rouet x Chin Chin). The Brazilian rider left Ashlee Bond and Cadett Z (Cord de la Bryere x Capitol I) as runners-up. Italian rider Fabio Brotto and Master Erg Delle Roane (Animo x Argentinus) finished in third position.
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