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Julien Epaillard and Toupie de la Roque race to the win in the CSI5*-W Anemone Horse Trucks Grand Prix of Amsterdam powered by Stoeterij Sterrehof

Saturday, 25 January 2020
CSI5*-W Jumping Amsterdam 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Julien Epaillard and Toupie de la Roque won the CSI5*-W Anemone Horse Trucks Grand Prix of Amsterdam powered by Stoeterij Sterrehof. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


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Saturday night’s CSI5*-W Anemone Horse Trucks Grand Prix of Amsterdam powered by Stoeterij Sterrehof at Jumping Amsterdam was a fast affair, as Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Toupie de la Roque (Kannan x Nabab de Reve) raced to the win ahead of Marcus Ehning (GER) and A La Carte NRW (Abke 4 x Lux). 

Eleven horse-and-rider combinations reached the jump-off in the Grand Prix after clearing Louis Konickx’s first-round 1.60m track, and with three of them representing the host nation the audience got value for their ticket money. 

First to return for the jump-off was Kim Emmen (NED), who also was the pathfinder in round one, and once again the Dutch rider delivered a clear round with Delvaux (Chacco-Blue x Lancer II) – but with a time of 34.16 seconds the lead did not last for long. As next in the ring, Holly Smith (GBR) put the speed up on Denver (Memphis x Chico’s Boy) – shaving the time to beat down to 31.06 seconds. 

It was not until Ehning entered the ring that Smith would be pushed down from her pole position. After a win in Friday’s feature class – the Telegraaf Prize – it was a confident Ehning that went to work aboard A La Carte NRW. The German maestro did not disappoint the crowds and delivered one of his trademark rounds to take over the lead in 29.69 seconds. 

However, with Julien Epaillard to follow in a jump-off, no one is safe – not even Marcus Ehning. Tonight was no exception, as the French rider brought out his lovely chestnut mare Toupie de la Roque in top gear from start to finish – hardly putting the brakes on anywhere over the shortened track. Crossing the finish line, Epaillard had brought the time down with 0.11 seconds – snatching the lead from Ehning and taking home the victory. Smith finished third, Michael G Duffy (IRL) fourth on Lappucino (Livello x breeding unknown) and Bryan Balsiger (SUI) fifth on AK’s Courage (Chepetto C x Lennon 5).

“I watched Ehning's round, but I know my mare is super-fast,” Epaillard said. “I could not turn from one to two like Ehning did, as Toupie is not the easiest to turn. However, she has a really fast gallop and a very long stride. I was not sure if Ehning's time could be beaten, but I wanted to try – it was not a big difference, but it was enough tonight!" smiled the happy winner. 


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