Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail HDC (Lando x Alligator Fontain) continued their fantastic form from Hong Kong and won the Medium Grand Prix at Al Shaqab in Doha Friday. Once again the arena was dressed with beautiful fences which would have suited any championship. The arena is huge and even with 16 fences to jump including a double and a triple combination, there was still plenty of space in all ends of the ring.
Seven fences were kept for the jump-off which gave the riders options for some short turns. The turn to the third fence caused most problem for the riders. Jur Vrieling with Sissi van Schuttershof (Nabab de Reve x Tenor Manciais) were first to go of the 12 combinations in the jump-off. Jur didn't get the short turn to the third fence and ended the course with four faults. Next to go was Penelope Leprevost and Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power L). It looked like a safe clear round, but the time was faster than expected and the French stylish rider put the pressure on the rest of the riders.
Clarissa Crotta and Celly Negra (Contendro x Graf Top) went for it and got a great start, but one pole fell on their way around the arena. After Clarissa it was Emanuele Gaudiano's turn. The Italian rider was speedy as always, but he didn't get the turns as good as Penelope and could not beat her time. Katharina Offel and a well-jumping Charlie (Cornet Obolensky x Potsdam) had the fifth fence down before Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail HDC took over the lead with a speedy round.
Jos Lansink with Calimero van't Roth (Darco x Peter Pan) chose a different plan than the other riders towards fence two and three and probably earned some seconds, but it didn't help him as two fences fell. Gerco Schröder and Vicky Gold (Andiamo x Lux) made a very short turn to the second fence, but Gerco then hit the wing and the fence fell.
Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) tried his very best but couldn't reach Patrice's time, finally ending second. Luciana Diniz and Lancontino (Landgold x Continue) started off kind of slow, but still went in on fourth place, while yesterday's winners Pius Schwizer and Harrie Smolders both had one fence down.
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