Patrice Delaveau closed off an extremely successful French weekend in Leipzig, to win the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier on Lacrimoso HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle). Delaveau’s win meant that every big class in Leipzig went to France, and not only that – Roger Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) secured the runner-up spot making it double French on top. Home rider Lars Nieberg did a great performance to finish third on Leonie W (Larenco x Grandeur) – giving the amazing crowds in Leipzig something to celebrate.
Lacrimoso HDC is proving himself again and again for Delaveau, notching up one big win after the other – and today the 10 year old gelding won his rider yet another watch. “I have won seven Longines watches since last year, so I have quite a nice collection by now,” Patrice joked at the press conference.
Out of the 40 riders in the class, eleven went clear in the first round – and made a perfect number for the jump-off. The thirteen fence track designed by Frank Rothenberger was a nut to crack, and it was especially the final line with a gate at fence eleven followed by a line on six or seven strides to an oxer out of the corner – and then five long or six very short strides into a vertical-vertical combination that caused headache for the riders. In many ways, the last line reminded of Rothenberger’s final challenge in the first round of the individual final at the European Championship in August. Not only that; the oxers were big and wide. “It was not extremely difficult; it was a fair track – and in the end it was a good result with eleven in the jump-off,” commented Lars Nieberg afterwards.
First out in the jump-off were two home riders; Lars Nieberg and then Markus Renzel on Cassydy (Corrado x Alcatraz). Nieberg put pressure on the rest with a good, and quite fast round on Leonie W at 42.58 seconds to take the lead –while Renzel slotted in right behind on 43.15. The three next riders – Carsten-Otto Nagel on Holiday by Solitur (Contendro x Cascavelle), Billy Twomey on Tinka’s Serenade (Tinka’s Boy x African Drum) and Daniel Neilson on Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) – all had poles fall to the ground, Billy being especially unlucky as the front pole on the final oxer fell after a very good round on his veteran mare.
Then it was time for reigning European Champion Roger Yves Bost. Bosty is always a danger against the clock, and today was no exception. The French rider got great turns back to the fourth vertical and then into the following combination before he raced down the line to the oxer and turned superbly back to the penultimate vertical. The time was good – 40.78 – and he took the lead. Then followed Denis Lynch who had a refusal with Abbervail van het Dingeshof (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme ) when turning tight back to the fourth vertical. Luck was not on Rolf-Göran Bengtsson’s side either, who had the second vertical down on very well jumping Quintero Ask (Quantum x Chamonix).
Patrice was next in the ring, and no doubt the current Longines watch sitting on his wrist is working very well and precise as he shaved off 0.65 seconds on Bosty’s time after getting perfect turns back to the fourth and then the penultimate vertical – as well as racing down to the last oxer. It looked like it would be hard to beat! And it was; Kevin Staut tried on his winner from Friday Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor), but got too close to the penultimate vertical to have it down – eventually settling for sixth. Last-to-go – and the only lady rider in the jump-off – was Katharina Offel that did her World Cup debut on Lacontino (Landgold x Continue); and in style as she rode yet another beautiful clear – though steady to finish fifth.
It meant yet another win for France in Leipzig, and yet another win and watch for Patrice Delaveau!
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