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Epaillard untouchable at Piazza di Siena

Friday, 26 May 2023
CSIO5* Rome Piazza di Siena 2023

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Julien Epaillard and Dubai du Cedre, winners of the CSIO5* 1.55m against the clock presented by Aston Martin at Piazza di Siena. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


Edited press release from CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena



Once again, world no. two Julien Epaillard proved untouchable at CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena, as he won Friday's CSIO5* 1.55m against the clock presented by Aston Martin.

The French rider piloted the 10-year-old mare Dubai du Cedre (Baloubet du Rouet x Diamant de Semilly) through the timers in 59.45 seconds, and it was his compatriot Simon Delestre with Enjoy d’Eole (Kannan x Carthago) who finished in runner-up position when going late in the field and less than a second slower. Switzerland’s Bryan Balsiger took third with Dubai du Bois Pinchet (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Andiamo). 

Earlier in the morning, Belgium’s Koen Vereecke steered the 12-year-old stallion Lector vd Bisschop (Bamako de Muze x For Pleasure) into pole position in the 1.45m Safe Riding Accumulator staged at the Gallopotoio – the all-weather arena close to the entrance of the Villa Borghese public park. He pipped Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli and Cornest (Balou du Reventon x Stakkatol) for the win by just over a second while Switzerland’s Bryan Balsiger and Just Special VK (Falaise de Muze x Toulon) finished third in the field of 33 starters.

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