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François Mathy Jr wins Saturday's Prix Axeria at Jumping de Valence

Sunday, 19 August 2018
CSI4* Jumping International de Valence IV 2018

Photo (c) R&B Presse. Francois Mathy and Uno de la Roque. Photo (c) R&B Presse.

The Jumping de Valence showed its international colours on Saturday. The day began with the French hymn, and continued with victories from all around the world: Great Britain, USA, Belgium and last but not least, Austria. 

The highlight of this Saturday was obviously the SFAM - GBG Assurances Grand Prix of the CSI2*: Fifty riders participated in the class, ten in the jump-off and finally, the American rider Laura Hite took the first place. Riding her 10-year-old gelding, Calypso v/d Zuuthoeve (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve), a former horse of the Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet, she managed an unbeatable time of 41.69 seconds. "It's my first time winning a Grand Prix, I'm over the moon! The crowd is amazing, the atmosphere is great, one thing is sure: I'll be back next year!" she revealed. The second place went to British rider Louise Whitaker, the daughter of the legendary John Whitaker, with more than a second behind the winner of the class with a time of 43.05 seconds. Austrian rider Max Kühner took the third place riding his handsome Chardonnay (Clarimo x Corrado I) in 43.48 seconds. 

The major class of the day, the Prix Axeria of the CSI4*, a 1,50m with jump-off, was won by the Belgian François Mathy Jr, riding Uno de la Roque (Numero Uno x Kannan). "There is no slow riders or horses. I took advantage of my horse's big strides, he was fantastic and jumped really well. All put together, that's what made the victory, I'm delighted!" 

The Belgian rider was the last one to start the jump-off, making the suspense last until the final jump of the course with a time of 39.86 seconds in front of an overexcited crowd. He was followed by French rider Simon Delestre with Sultan de Beaufour (Cardento x For Pleasure), only six hundredth seconds behind the winner, and by the Olympic bronze medalist from London, Irish rider Cian O'Connor, who had the last clear round with a time of 40,79 seconds.

The final class of this third day of competition was a six-bars class, the Prix Mercedes-Benz, and it kept its promises of a great show. It captivated the crowd until Max Kühner was made winner of the class after a successful 1.96m jump. The best French riders of the class, Vincent Mourier, only twenty-one years old, Guillaume Roland-Billecart and Aldrick Cheronnet finished ex-aequo at the second place with Shane Breen. 

Source: Press release from R&B Presse 

Picture © Sportfot

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