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UB Grand Prix in Helsinki to Patrice Delaveau

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Today’s GP in Helsinki was won by French rider Patrice Delaveau and the amazing Selle Francais mare Ornella Mail (Lando x Alligator Fontaine). Delaveau was one out of five riders who rode a double clear with the time 37.92 in the jump-off. Ludo Phillipaerts and Kassini Jac (Cassini II x Lombard) came second at 38.13 with Christian Ahlmann and Wilco 52 (Nabab de reve x Fedor) on third at 39.83.

  

The class had 35 riders to start and ten riders qualified for the jump-off. Home rider Nina Fagerström gave the home crowd something to celebrate with a eight place aboard Stephex Stable’s lovely gelding Talent (Mermus x Julio Marnier). 

 “It was a big course, but the arena is small and the fences were coming fast – there was no place to rest in between. Several of the fences came close out of the turns. The course was well build with ten clears; but the tiny warm-up could cause problems as you can’t get the right tempo up before you go into the main ring. Usually you would like to get the same tempo in the warm-up as in the arena,” says Angelica Augustsson - seventh in the GP - to WoSJ. “It’s a great show and good atmosphere,” concludes Angelica.

For full results from the Grand prix go here.

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