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Olivier Perreau takes the CSI4*-W Grand Prix of Tetouan

Monday, 07 October 2019
CSI4*-W Tetouan 2019

Olivier Perreau and GL Events Venizia d'Aiguilly won the CSI4*-W Grand Prix of Tetouan Olivier Perreau and GL Events Venizia d'Aiguilly won the CSI4*-W Grand Prix of Tetouan


From press release by the Morocco Royal Tour



The first weekend of the Moroccan circuit concluded on Sunday at the facilities of the Royal Guard of Tetouan, and what a highlight. It was in a challenging Grand Prix designed by Uliano Vezzani that the riders of the CSI4*-W competed this sunny afternoon, a class that ended with victory for the Frenchman Olivier Perreau and his faithful GL Events Venizia d'Aiguilly.

There were sixty-eight riders at the start of this 1.60m Grand Prix over two rounds, where the time allowed was one of the pitfalls – in particular for the Moroccan rider Ali Al Ahrach who, despite his perfect round, was penalized with one time fault. Seventeen pairs qualified for the second round, and twelve of them came forward on a clean sheet in this Grand Prix SAR le Prince Héritier Moulay El Hassan.

The first double clear was signed by Brazilian rider Felipe Amaral, riding Premiere Carthoes BZ, with a very good time of 49.08 seconds, putting pressure on those to come. However, the French had come strong in force with five representatives in this round against the clock and two of them managed to be faster than Amaral. First of all Emeric George and his faithful Chopin des Hayettes, the pair who won the previous year's Grand Prix de Rabat, finished their second round in a time of 46.65 seconds. Finally, Olivier Perreau, penultimate to start, once again lowered the clock without touching any fences by setting the record time of 45.15 seconds.

"This is the second year I've been to the Morocco Royal Tour, and I'm delighted to be back. The program is great, everything is well thought out for horses and riders alike. The course designer is really good. He built a technical and faulty course for us, but one without putting the horses in the red. I saw that Emeric was going very fast when I was waiting at the in-gate, so I tried to do the maximum without pushing my mare too hard and by staying calm, because sometimes I take a little too much risk and make a mistake. My mare is fast, and I can trust her. She always wants to do the right thing.
This is the fourth Grand Prix that the mare has won, in addition to the Saut Hermès she won last March. These performances really pulled me up. I was afraid it would be a stroke of luck, but my mare has been very regular all year round, I am really very happy. After the Nations Cup in Rabat and the Grand Prix in El Jadida, our next objective will be to get as fit as possible for the World Cup Grand Prix in Lyon," said the French rider.

The first stage of the 2019 edition thus ends with magnificent moments of sport, before continuing in Rabat next Thursday for a CSIO that promises to be amazing. The Grand Prix and the Nations Cup will be the highlights of next week, which will delight spectators in the facilities of the Royal Moroccan Equestrian Sports Federation of Dar Es Salaam.

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