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Jumping International de Valence IV: François Mathy Jr. seizes the Prix MMA

Saturday, 25 August 2018
CSI5* Jumping International de Valence IV 2018

Photo (c) Sportfot Francois Mathy and Casanova de l'Herse won Friday's feature class at CSI5* Jumping International de Valence. Photo (c) Sportfot.

Friday's feature class at Jumping International de Valence, the Prix MMA 1.55m with jump-off, once again turned into a match between France and Belgium – just like in last week's Prix Axeria. The same two riders, François Mathy Jr. and Simon Delestre, fought against one another for the first place in this qualification for the Grand Prix. Once more, the Belgian rider took the top prize from the hands of the French rider. Riding Casanova de l'Herse (Ugano Sitte x Kashmir van Schuttershof), François Mathy Jr. wrapped up his jump-off in just 36.10 seconds. 

"I'm thrilled to beat Simon one more time! Casanova is such in a great shape these days, he jumped so well. I'm not going to ride him on the Grand Prix, as he already run one last weekend and did great with only four penalties. I will ride Uno de la Roque, with whom I was victorious last Saturday."

Simon Delestre and Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto) took the second place in 36.45 seconds. Completing the podium, the French rider Pénélope Leprévost finished her course in 37.15 seconds. With Gain Line (Stolzenberg x Raphael), the gold medallist at the Olympic Games of Rio has definitively returned to the highest level this past few months. She offered herself a qualification to the Grand Prix, the main and most awaited class of the weekend.

Photo (c) Sportfot. Denis Lynch with RMF Fairview. Photo (c) Sportfot.

In the last class of the day, the 1.50m CSI5* Prix SFAM, there was a great battle for the fastest time. In the end, it was the Irish rider Denis Lynch who was victorious with his 11-year-old gelding RMF Fairview (Alimo x Quidam de Revel). Lynch was the only rider to manage a time under sixty seconds, in 58.83.

"It's my first win with this new horse found in Australia, I'm thrilled about this victory. I started to show him in competition around May, we're a new combination but he's really willing to try and there is something very chemical between us. It's a lovely victory for me and for Rushy Marsh, co-owner of the horse."

The American rider Jessica Springsteen once more demonstrated that she knows how to play with speed as she took second place in a time of 60.62 seconds with Fleur de l'Aube (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Alcatraz). Roger-Yves Bost completed this podium with his quick Castleforbes Talitha (Cardenio x Baloubet Du Rouet), finishing in 60.89 seconds. 

Press release from R&B Presse

Photo © Sportfot

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