Friday's last class in Cannes, that ended right after midnight, turned out to be a class with a lot of faults. Only eight riders managed to ride clear rounds in the class that was against the clock. The first clear came from Irish rider Denis Lynch on the fantastic chestnut gelding Night Train (Calvaro Z x Papillion Rouge), that has been doing really well with so many riders. The winner from yesterday - Pablo Barrios - this time on G&C Flash (Forrester x Grannus) was the next to go clear, but he he was slower than Denis.
Harrie Smolders from the Netherlands wasn't going for the shortest turns, but he really let Equis Powerfee (Fedor x Erdball) canter and squeezed in between Denis and Pablo on the list. Steve Guerdat and the really interesting horse Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) showed the crowds a great round, as did Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Carusso la Silla (Montebello la Silla x Joost). None of them really went for it though, and both ended up a bit further down the list.
Pius Schwizer did a beautiful ride on the well jumping Verdi III and took over the fourth place. They were pushed down to fifth though as French rider Patrice Dealveau rode a great round aboard Nayana (Royal Feu x Narcos II). It didn't look that fast - but it was! Arizona Pie, the horse from Lauren Hough, kept on impressing with a gorgeous, but safe clear round and ended up as number eight.
Even though they didn't clear the course there are some horses and riders that we still have to mention. The eight year old Dona Evita (Darco x Fleuri du Manoir) ridden by Laura Kraut jumped fantastic, but landed on the backrail on the trippelbar. Another horse that really jumped good was Satisfaction (Stakkato x Callypso II) ridden by Ludger Beerbaum. Ludger chose to turn away between the A and B elements in the triple combination as he didn´t get the perfect distance to the first fence. Simon Delestre did another try on Couletto (by Coleur Rubin) that refused twice at the first fence yesterday and today it went so much better. They had two poles down, but the stallion kept on jumping. Daniel Deusser and his difficult ride Untouchable ended up with only one timefault - same did Marc Houtzager aboard Sterrehof´s Waterloo(Wendy Royall x Voltaire).
For full results click here.
The 1.45 speed class earlier in the evening was won by Alvaro de Miranda aboard AD Norson (Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur). The Brasilian rider is most definitely in good form these days as he is also the leading rider of the Global Champions Tour after three legs. In tonight 's class he just cut enough turns to beat another fast rider - Manuel Anon from Spain on Fantasia (Noncorde x Rex Magna). Miranda's winning time was 61.48 while Anon crossed the finish line at 61.81. The speed machine Simon Delestre ended up third aboard Ciana Z (Chellano Z), but his time 66.91 was several seconds slower than the two on top.
Results from the 1.45 class you'll find here.
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