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Olivier Perreau and GL Events Venizia D'Aiguilly with Friday's biggest win at the Sunshine Tour

Friday, 19 February 2021
CSI4* Sunshine Tour 2021

Photo © Moises Basallote Olivier Perreau and GL Events Venizia D'Aiguilly won Friday's 1.50m Catunambu Trophy at the Sunshine Tour. Photo © Moises Basallote.


Edited press release from Oxer Sport



Friday was an intense day of competition at the Sunshine Tour, and in the CSI4* 1.50m Catunambu Trophy it was French rider Olivier Perreau and his very athletic 12-year-old mare GL Events Venizia D’Aiguilly (Diamant de Semilly x Quick Star) that were the winners. 

There were 91 entries in the class, and 15 horse-and-rider combinations went through to the jump-off where Perreau was the fastest – beating Czech rider Ales Opatrny with Gentlemen VH Veldhof (Quite Easy I x Calido I) by 0.33 seconds. Germany’s David Will, who won Thursday’s 1.50m Grand Prix qualifier, finished third with Ted (Waranta x Jalisco B). Belgium's Dominique Hendrickx ended fourth with Kannabis van de Bucxtale (Contact van de Heffinck x Concorde), while fifth place went to Germany's Gerrit Nieberg on Ben 431 (Sylvain x Quincy Jones). 

“I am very happy to be here at the Sunshine Tour, as I haven’t been here before,” Perreau said. “I haven’t heard anything but great things about this Tour. The truth is that it is a fantastic competition, it’s designed around the riders and the horses. The organisation is exceptional, and the course builders are excellent.”  

Speaking about his win, Perrerau said: “My mare jumped the first round extremely well today and she was very fast around the jump-off course, she is naturally a very fast mare and today she jumped really well. Let’s go for the Grand Prix on Sunday!”

The second class counting for the Longines Ranking was the 1.45m Medium Tour, that was won by Germany’s Richard Vogel with Ride Smart Never Walk Alone (Numero Uno x Mytens XX). Italy’s Luca Moneta was second on Etoile VD Wijnhoeve (Eros Platiere x Arpege Pierreville), while British rider Matthew Sampson was third with Curraghgraigue Obos Flight (Obos Quality 004 x Errigal Flight). 

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