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Lorenzo De Luca and Amarit d'Amour win the small Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping Grimaud

Saturday, 04 July 2020
CSI5* Hubside Jumping Grimaud 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Lorenzo De Luca and Amarit d'Amour won the small CSI5* Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping in Grimaud. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Ahead of Sunday's CSI5* 1.60m Grand Prix, a small Grand Prix set at 1.45m was one of Saturday's two highlights at Hubside Jumping in Grimaud, France. Among the thirty-one at start, ten moved on to the jump-off. Signing the fastest double clear, Italian rider Lorenzo De Luca and Amarit d'Amour (Ashby x Damiani) took the win with a time of 41.22 seconds in the jump-off.  Dutch couple Maikel van der Vleuten and Edinburgh (Vleut x Darco) finished second, with a time of 41.63. Irishman Denis Lynch completed the podium with Cristello (Numero Uno x Voltaire) – a second behind the winning time. Belgium’s Jerome Guery ended fourth with Great Britain V (Nabab de Reve x Carolus II) while British rider Holly Smith finished fifth with Claddagh Iroko (Iroko x Cruising). 

"I've been riding Amarit d'Amour for a year now," De Luca commented. "He is owned half by Stephan Conter and half by Katharina Offel: I'm very lucky to be able to ride him. Today is his first five-star victory, he didn’t compete much at that level in his career. He jumped very well in the first two weeks in the two 1.50m classes; he was clear the first week, but I didn't look for speed, the second week I tried to go faster but knocked a rail. Today I said to myself "Ok, I give everything" and he still remained very focused." 

"The level of competition has been very high here from the beginning, and each jump-off has been very fast. This jump-off was no exception to the rule, so I am all the more happy. Amarit d'Amour is a particular horse: He is very sensitive, he can be impressed – but he has incredible qualities," De Luca continued. 

"In tomorrow’s Grand Prix, I’ll ride Catwalk Harry and it will be his first five-star Grand Prix. I have been riding him for about six months. He jumped the four-star Grand Prix very well last week, so I'm optimistic. Whatever the outcome, he will take the experience. After the lockdown we see that the horses – all the horses – are in great shape. For my part, I took the time to really be with each of my horses during this period and got to know each one in depth.”

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Martin Fuchs and Stalando 2 won the CSI5* 1.50m class. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

The last class of the day, a CSI5* 1.50m against the clock with twenty-one riders in it, went to Switzerland's Martin Fuchs and Stalando 2 (Stakkatol x Lando). For a while it looked like Thursday’s winners Thierry Rozier and Star (Singulord Jot, Oes x Caretino) would take another victory in Grimaud after stopping the clocks at 62.82 seconds, but Fuchs managed to do what seemed impossible and pushed the time down to 62.67 to take the top honours. 

It was quite a gap down to third-placed Jerome Guery (BEL) and Eras Ste Hermelle (Vargas de Ste Hermelle x Andiamo) with a time of 64.41 seconds. Fourth place went to Alberto Zorzi (ITA) with Vauban du Trio (Nervoso x Desir du Chateau) and fifth place to Kevin Staut (FRA) with Vegas de La Folie (Castronom Z*de Hus x Ephebe For Ever*La Silla).


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