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Nicolas Delmotte and Urvoso du Roch deliver dream home win in Grand Prix Longines De La Ville De La Baule

Sunday, 13 June 2021
CSIO5* Longines International Jumping La Baule 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Nicolas Delmotte and Urvoso du Roch won the CSIO5* 1.60m Grand Prix Longines De La Ville De La Baule. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

 

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As first to go in the jump-off, Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Urvoso du Roch (Nervoso x Grand d’Escla) brought the win home to the hosts in Sunday’s CSIO5* 1.60m Grand Prix Longines De La Ville De La Baule. With two French riders on the podium as first and second placed, it was a dream scenario as international showjumping returned to this traditional sea-side venue. 

Only six out of the fifty horse-and-rider combinations in the class managed to solve all the questions asked by course designer Frédéric Cottier who had built a masterpiece Grand Prix. Faults spread out, although several were caught out by the penultimate triple combination, and the time also played its part – with both Marc Houtzager (NED) and Harrie Smolders (NED) being kept away from the jump-off after recording one time penalty each. 

Eventually, five horse-and-rider combinations joined Delmotte for the jump-off: Martin Fuchs on the lovely 9-year-old Leone Jei (Baltic VDL x Corland), Laurent Goffinet (FRA) on Atome des Etisses (Mylord Carthago *HN x Quidam de Revel), Mouda Zeyada (EGY) on Galanthos SHK (Arthos R x Cantos), Bertram Allen (IRL) on Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf vd Bisschop x Coronado) and Filippo Marco Bologni (ITA) on Quilazio (Quidam de Revel x Calato) – the latter with an edge-of-the-seat round, that caused roaring applause for the Italian as he crossed the finish line and then punched his helmet to the air in an outburst of happiness. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Nicolas Delmotte and Urvoso du Roch delivered two beautiful rounds in the Grand Prix Longines De La Ville De La Baule. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

First to come back for the jump-off, Delmotte delivered another beautiful and efficient round in 45.83 seconds. While it looked like it would be possible to go faster, the French rider had without doubt put pressure on those to come – and there had to be elements of risks included if the rest of the riders wanted to catch him. As next to go, Fuchs illustrated this – bringing the time down to 44.41 seconds, however it came on the expense of a front rail on the penultimate oxer. 

Goffinet gave it a good shot and settled in just behind Delmotte with a clear round in 46.06 seconds – much to the delight of the home crowds. Zeyada did not get the best distance at the blue vertical half-way and added four penalties to his final score in 47.04 seconds, while Allen got so, so close to victory when crossing the finish line in 45.54 seconds only to see a pole on the last upright fall to the ground. Just like Fuchs, Bologni had the front pole on the penultimate oxer down and also added two time penalties to his score – leaving the French to celebrate Delmotte and Goffinet, who were followed by Fuchs, Allen, Zeyada and Bologni in third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

"I still find it hard to realize that I won," Delmotte said. "I am really happy about this victory here in La Baule, in front of the French public. After all it is our CSIO5* of France! I am also thrilled for my owner, Mrs. Morillon, who has been trusting me for many years, and agreed to let Urvoso go to the Olympics. It is a real pleasure to see the public again. Since the beginning of the show, Urvoso has been jumping well. In the Nations Cup he already completed two great rounds. He improved a lot over the last few shows."

 



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