This weekend the World Cup has moved on to the hosts of the World Cup finals in 2014 - Lyon, France. The show started already Wednesday with 2* classes, and today the big stars had arrived with no less than three 5* classes to choose from. The European Champion Rolf Göran Bengtsson is present, together with several other top riders such as Ludger Beerbaum, Penelope Leprevost, World Champion Philippe Le Jeune, Kevin Staut, Marcus Ehning, Denis Lynch and many more.
The first class today - a 1.45 two phased class, gave a home win with Simon Delestre and Whisper (Gentleman x Sit This One Out). Delestre won 6900 euros after two clear rounds and the time 28.72 in the 2nd phase. If you want to read the interview we made with Simon Delestre earlier this year - go here.
Irish rider Denis Lynch was not far behind Delestre. Aboard Abbervail van het Dingeshof (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme) he crossed the finish line at 28.86. Another French rider Clément Boulanger followed at 28.87 together with the Selle Francais stallion O’Brion du Plessis (Kannan x Rosire).
The next class today was a 1.50 table A speed class, and once again a French rider was victorious. Philippe Rozier and Ideal de Roy (Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur) were clear at the time 51.46, nearly four seconds faster than number two, Ben Maher and Tackeray (Quick Star x Sandro) at 55.28. Gerco Schröder was third with Eurocommerce New Orleans (Colbert x Carthago) at 56.72.
The biggest class of the day was a 1.50 - 1.60 table A against the clock. The class was a qualifier for Sunday’s World Cup, and 47 riders came to start. The fastest clear of them all came with Luciana Diniz and Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) at 57.55. Denis Lynch was in the lead for a long time at 59.49, but Lynch and Lantinus (Landkönig x Argentinus) had to see the stylish Portugese rider and her beautiful grey stallion taking home the win and 16.800 euros after a good and fast round.
The home crowd got something to cheer for in this class as well though. Penelope Leprevost and Mylord Carthago (Carthago x Jalisco B) came third, and two more French riders were placed with Marc Dilasser as number seven and Patrice Delaveau as number twelve.
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