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Talbot takes home the Grand Prix in Verona

Saturday, 05 November 2011

Nial Talbot and Nicos de le Cense enroute to victory in Verona. Photo by De Lorenzo.Niall Talbot and Nicos de la Cense were the best in the Grand Prix presented by SNAI in Verona today; taking home the 12.500 Euro first prize. The 12 fence course built by Rolf Ludi was more difficult than any so far seen at Jumping Verona 2011 and only produced five clear rounds. The water tray fence caused the most trouble as had in an earlier class, this time claiming none other than Hickstead and Eric Lamaze as one of its victims.

The five clear rounds included last night's winner Phillip Weishaupt, this time riding Souvenir, and it was he who took a second off the previous leader Hans Dieter Dreher (eventually 3rd on Constantin B) and looked all over the winner when his time of 35.81 went up on the board. But there is nothing like a challenge for an Irishman (even if he does now live in Switzerland) especially if the challenge contains a long gallop to the final obstacle. Talbot set Nicos de la Cense on fire and an audacious turn into the third last was followed by a flat out dash to the finish. The Irishman was brave enough to not take a single pull and his courage was rewarded by a time of 35.54 and a €12'500 first prize. Denis Lynch finished fourth to complete the afternoon for the Irish.

After his win Talbot said; "Of course I am delighted to win but that gallop to the last last was a bit like hunting in Ireland when I was younger!”

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Source: Press release from Lulu Kyriacou Media Services.

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