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Patrice Delaveau delivers in Liege

Sunday, 08 November 2015
CSI4* Liege 2015

Patrice Delaveau took the win in Saturday's Grand Prix qualifier in Liege on Ornella Mail. Photo (c)
Patrice Delaveau took the win in Saturday's Grand Prix qualifier in Liege on Ornella Mail. Photo (c)

The second Grand Prix qualifier at CSI4* Jumping International Liege proved to be a difficult task, but French rider Patrice Delaveau delivered to take the win. Delaveau produced one of only two double clear rounds in the 1.50 Prix de la Ville de Liege, a class that turned out to demand a lot more than the first qualifier - that saw no less than twenty riders going clear. 

This time around the course was a far bigger challenge, something that took it's toll on those riders that had chosen not to jump their Grand Prix horses - but rather the more inexperienced ones. In the end over half of the class finished on an eight penalty score or more, and only six riders went clear - quite the opposite of Friday's qualifier. 

Only Delaveau on his long-time partner Ornella Mail HDC (Lando x Alligator Fontaine) and home rider Karel Cox on Cayen van het Obos (Cornet Obolensky x Corrado) managed to produce clear rounds in the jump-off as well, but the French speed machines were by far the fastest with over two seconds down to the Belgian couple. Niels Brunynseels - also representing the host nation - had the fastest time of the class, but on the expense of four faults and had to settle for third on Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor). 

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