Steve Guerdat and his faithful partner Jalisca Solier (Alligator Fontaine x Jalisco B) took home the 1.50 class in Cannes today. The class had 36 riders lined up to compete for the win, and as it was a speed class it was always going to be a race for the top spots. Philipper Rozier and Jadis de Toscane (Quidam de Revel x Laudanum) put pressure on the rest to go as the first to enter the ring and posted a clear and fast round, which in the end was good enough for fourth. The riders that followed certainly felt the pressure, and many made mistakes – most came in the green combination at 8a and b or at the vertical at fence 11 which consisted of white poles with a water tray under it.
Christian Ahlmann did everything right though, and as seventh to go he took over the lead. A fast and accurate round on Lorena 111 (Larenco x Romeo) paid off, and the two crossed the finish line in 56.96 seconds. Roger-Yves Bost did his best in the chase for the victory, and could have made it had not the last pole fallen to the ground. Laura Kraut had a great round on the very well jumping Belmont (Ahorn x Landfriese) and crossed the finish line on 57.72 seconds – eventually good enough for third.
With only a few left to go, it was Steve’s turn. He set his longtime partner Jalisca Solier in top gear – and rode a fluent and very fast round on the French 15 year old mare who jumped at her best today. Steve shaved off time as well and with a time of 56.30 he could record a win in the warm summer evening under the floodlights in Cannes.
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