The biggest class of the day in London went to the super pair Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle). This super fast couple did two tremendous rounds under the evening sun in London, and their jump-off was as usual in a class of its own – around the shortened track of seven fences the French rider got the perfect turns to the London bus-wall and to the red mailbox-vertical as well as getting a great run to the final white gate crossing the finish line at 35.66 seconds. With his time Patrice pushed Steve Guerdat and Sidney VIII (Carry x Quidam de Revel) down to second. The Olympic champion had also produced two picture perfect rounds, and for a long time his jump-off looked like it couldn’t be beat but Patrice shaved off 0.13 seconds to take the win.
Home rider Scott Brash ended third on Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) with a time of 36.22 seconds in this 52-rider class, while Saer Coulter rode two beautiful rounds on Springtime (Indorado x Elmshorn) to end fourth. There were plenty of clears in the first round with fourteen riders going clear over the thirteen fence track that included a combination at 7a and b and a triple combination at 11ab and c – and which also featured lots of the Olympic fences from last summer, securing an exciting jump-off in the English capital.
The first 5* class of the day went to the world’s number one Christian Ahlmann on Little Lady Z (Laptop x Grannus). The German rider was over a second faster in this speed class, leaving Gregory Wathelet to second aboard Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken). Third was leading French lady rider Penelope Leprevost riding Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light).
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