France's nr. one lady rider was leading the way in Verona on Friday, taking home the biggest five star win of the day. Aboard her faithful partner Nice Stephanie (Cardento x Ralme Z) – that also ended on top in Oslo three weeks ago – Penelope turned out to be unbeatable in the 1.55 Premio Prestige. Against twelve other riders, Penelope was by far the fastest one in the jump-off to take the top prize of 15 000 Euro.
Penelope came in early in the jump-off, and jumped another beautiful clear round. Getting a great turn from the second vertical to the third, and then back to the combination – she set the mare in top gear up on the stretch to the following oxer – cleared the next fence – and then went flat out towards the final vertical. When the clock stopped it showed a time of 37.69 and it looked very hard to beat.
Although he tried his very best as next to go, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson could do nothing but settle for second on Clarimo Ask (Clearway x Caletto I) in a time of 38.45 seconds. Bart Bles recorded another great result on the lovely Lord Sandro DDH (Lordanos x Sandro) finishing third after two faboulous clear rounds just slightly behind Rolf's time in the jump-off.
Ireland's hugely talented Bertram Allen won the 1.50 speed class – the Premio Selleria Equipe. Aboard Wild Thing L (Montreux x Lux), Allen rode a beautiful yet very efficient clear round – as always keeping a wonderful forward rhythm. Getting a perfect inside turn to the penultimate oxer, and then galloping on to clear the last vertical Bertram's time was as good as 58.23. With his great performance, the 19 year old rider pushed Abdullah Al Sharbatly on Andrea (Marome x Voltaire) down to second – while third place went to Niels Bruynseels on Domingo (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy).
In the opening 1.45 class – Premio Carnia Welcome – it was a home win for Luca Maria Moneta on Jesus de la Commune (Diamant de Semilly x Rocky du Carel). Then followed even two more Italian riders, with Roberto Arioldi in as runner-up and Roberto Previtali in third.
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