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Lorenzo De Luca speeds to the win in Saint Tropez

Friday, 01 June 2018
CSI5* LGCT Saint Tropez 2018

Photo (c) LGCT / Stefano Grasso Lorenzo De Luca and De Flipper en route to victory in Saint Tropez. Photo (c) LGCT / Stefano Grasso.

Lorenzo De Luca (ITA) and the 10-year-old gelding De Flipper (Flipper d'Elle x Emilion) triumphed at the second day of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Saint Tropez, Ramatuelle, with a brilliant win in the 1.55m CSI5* Julius Bär Prix.

As the sun began its slow descent over the world-famous Pampelonne Beach, the Italian speed merchant topped a 10 rider jump-off to take the win, just fractions of a second ahead of reigning LGCT-champion and world number one Harrie Smolders (NED) with Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) and Alberto Zorzi (ITA) with Ulane de Coquerie (L'arc de Triomphe x Feofar de Rhodes), who took third.

A beaming De Luca spoke after his win, “My horse is really fast, but it’s the first jump-off in a big class for us. He did a fantastic job, he’s very consistent and confident. It’s an amazing show and I’m glad to be here!”

There was a distinctly cool Mediterranean vibe at the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, now part of the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit, as fans and guests enjoyed top sport as well as world famous brands in the chic pop-up shopping village.

Denis Monticolo, LAOHS Event Director, spoke in an earlier GCTV studio about how special the addition of the show was to the LGCT-championship calendar: “We are here in Ramatuelle, a few metres from the beach and all the people and activities create an atmosphere that is magical. To be part of the GCT family, we are really proud. It is now the most important product in the world in terms of showjumping. We look forward to the season developing, the Play Offs in Prague, the Grand Prix and GCL here - it will be fantastic.”

Rémy Bersier, Member of the Executive Board for Julius Bär and presenting sponsor for this class agreed: “We enjoy very much being here, this is one of the majors. Sponsoring is about what money can’t buy, sharing special moments with clients. Strategically the kind of event we are sharing with the people here is about team spirit, working on details. You see the horse, you see the rider, and it’s about teamwork, like partnering with our clients.”

 


Source: Press release from LGCT // Picture © LGCT / Stefano Grasso

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