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Julien Epaillard unbeatable in the CSI5* 1.55m Prix L’Eperon – Charles de Cazanove in Dinard

Friday, 29 July 2022
CSI5* Jumping International de Dinard 2022

Photo © Sportfot/Jumping International de Dinard Julien Epaillard and Gracieux du Pachis, winners of the Prix L’Eperon – Charles de Cazanove in Dinard. Photo © Sportfot/Jumping International de Dinard.

The French riders continued their top form at Jumping International de Dinard on Friday, as Julien Epaillard and Julien Gonin took first and second in the biggest class of the day – the CSI5* 1.55m Prix L'Eperon – Charles de Cazanove. The two French riders were among the fourteen to produce a clear round, qualifying them for the jump-off – were Epaillard was in a league of his own.

As first out in the jump-off, Harrie Smolders (NED) and Darry Lou (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve) delivered a fast clear round in 41.25 seconds. A few starters later, it was Daniel Bluman (ISR) who managed to lower the time to 40.38 with Gemma W (Luidam x Unaniem). It was, however, Julien Epaillard who once again proved unbeatable – receiving all the encouragement of the crowds. Piloting Gracieux du Pachis (Tinka's Boy x Caretino) with a masterful hand, Epaillard succeeded going under the 40 seconds mark when stopping the clock at 39.18. No one could match the time; closest came Julien Gonin and Valou du Lys (Calvaro F.C. x Galoubet A) in 40.23 seconds, leaving Bluman to third, Conor Swail to fourth with Count Me In (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes) and fifth to Smolders. 

In the second qualifier for the CSI3* Grand Prix, a 1.50m presented by Conseil départemental d’Ille-et-Vilaine, Jerome Guéry (BEL) took the top honours aboard Magriet de Mariposa (Nabab de Reve x For Pleasure) – the daughter of the Olympic Team Champion Flora de Mariposa – with a time of 71.55 seconds. His compatriot Gregory Wathelet (BEL) finished second on Berline du Maillet Z (Berlin x Action-Breaker) after clocking the time of 72.58, while third went to Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE) and Glamour Girl (VDL Zirocco Blue x Caletto I) who stopped the clock at 73.57.

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