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Patrice Delaveau tops an A-list jump-off in the CSI4* Hubside Spring Tour Grand Prix

Sunday, 21 April 2019
CSI4* Hubside Spring Tour 2019

Photo (c) HUBSIDE JUMPING / Marco Villanti. Patrice Delaveau with Aquila HDC. Photo (c) HUBSIDE JUMPING / Marco Villanti.

 

Press release from HUBSIDE Spring Tour

 


 

Patrice Delaveau of France rode to the head of the class this afternoon in the €100.000 HUBSIDE Spring Tour CSI4* Grand Prix, besting a field of 50 riders at the renovated, former home of the Ecurie du Golfe de Saint-Tropez on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

The top-class field, which included competitors from nearly 20 nations around the globe, proved to be a surmountable task for the two-time French Olympian, who piloted the 14-year-old KWPN gelding, Aquila HDC, to victory in front of a jubilant French home crowd.

“When Steve Guerdat took the lead, I heard some people saying, ‘It's done, he has won,’ but I wanted to do my best to go faster. The ground was perfect and the jump-off was well designed—I had to try!” Delaveau said after the class. “Aquila is always very fast, brave, and he gave me everything this time again.”

Set among the rolling hills of the picturesque commune of Grimaud on the French Riviera, the event was witnessed by an enthusiastic audience, which packed in along the rails of the white, tented arena for a closer view of the action.

The 75-second time allowed on course designers Colombo Andrea, Cedric Longis, Landi Matteo, and Pascal Wiethe’s straightforward, 1.55m first-round track played a significant role for a number of riders, four of whom finished clear with a single time fault. Fifteen competitors moved on to try their luck on the thrilling, eight- obstacle jump-off track, which included a double, two rollback turns, and a nail-biting gallop home to a wide, final oxer.

Third to go in the order, French Olympic team gold medalist Philippe Rozier took the early lead, cruising through the timers on a time of 38.78 seconds with Cristallo A LM. Rozier’s time held until Eduardo Menezes of Brazil and H5 Chaganus found an extra gear on the final gallop home, leaving out a stride to the last oxer to stop the clock at 38.23. Five riders later in the order, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat proved why he’s #1 in the world with a tidy, first rollback turn, which earned him the lead with Flair on a seemingly unbeatable time of 38.04 seconds.

It all came down to Delaveau, second to last to go in the order, who used Aquila’s considerable experience and sizeable stride to find the leave-out distance to the final oxer, while shaving seconds off Guerdat’s time with two, flawless rollback turns.

This is the first victory in nearly a year for Delaveau and Aquila HDC, who previously won the Épreuve N°07 CSIO 5* Grand Prix Longines at La Baule, France last May. The pair, which began competing together in 2017, has also earned CSI5* wins in Hong Kong and Dinard, France.

“Aquila was simply amazing,” Delaveau said of his partner. “He has been injured and didn't jump during a few months last year. He came back in the ring in February in Royan, France, and then in Deauville. He is definitely back! He has a strong mind and he is full of skills. He is a real champion.”

The action continues next week during the second leg of the HUBSIDE Spring Tour, taking place 24-28 of April, 2019. 

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