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Prix du Grand Palais to Bassem Hassan Mohammed at Saut Hermès

Friday, 12 April 2013

The winning combination; Bassem Hassan Mohammed on Cantinero. Photo by Cindy Voss - www.cindyvoss.de.Qatar’s Bassem Hassan Mohammed claimed the Prix du Grand Palais at the Saut Hermès in Paris on Friday. Aboard the Belgium bred 11 year old gelding Cantinero (Cento x Cash), Bassem left all the poles intact around the two phased thirteen fence track that included two combinations; one in the first phase at 5a and b (oxer – vertical) and one in the second phase as the last challenge at 13 and b (vertical – oxer). This special class allowed all riders to move on to the second phase, bringing the penalties from the first phase with them in the round against the clock that started directly after fence seven.


Nobody could match Bassem though, who produced two great rounds on this power house of a horse. Cantinero is for sure a horse with a lot of engine and initiative, and the pair is a super combination. Bassem had a fantatsic time in the second phase, crossing the finish line on 31.49 seconds after entering the ring as number 25 to go. With his super performance, he pushed then leader – and home rider – Philippe Rozier down to second. Rozier had two fabulous rounds in the magnificent Grand Palais, riding the stallion Jadis de Toscane (Quidam de Revel x Laudanum) to a time of 32.59 seconds – much to the joy of the Parisian crowds.

Coming in when there were only six riders left was Norwegian rider Geir Gulliksen, who performed superbly on his faithful 17 year old partner L’Espoir (Landwind II x Feinschnitt) to end third with a time of 33.19. US rider Kent Farrington was certainly the most unlucky in the class; aboard Blue Angel he had the fastest time of the day at 31.05 – but the back pole on the final oxer fell to the ground.


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