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Unbeatable Epaillard best in the CSI5* Grand Prix Land Rover in Bordeaux

Sunday, 09 February 2020
CSI5*-W Jumping International Bordeaux 2020

Photo © ArtisteAssocié/Jumping International Bordeaux Julien Epaillard and Queeletta won Sunday's CSI5* Grand Prix Land Rover in Bordeaux. Photo © ArtisteAssocié/Jumping International Bordeaux.

Over the last month, Julien Epaillard (FRA) has been unstoppable and in today's CSI5* Grand Prix Land Rover Trophée Bordeaux Metropole the French rider did it again – winning his fourth Grand Prix of 2020. Epaillard kicked off the year with a 2nd place in the Longines FEI World Cup in Basel, went on to win a CSI2* Grand Prix in Oliva Nova, travelled to Amsterdam to win the CSI5* Grand Prix, back to Oliva Nova to take a CSI3* Grand Prix victory and then returned triumphantly on home soil in Bordeaux this weekend where he followed up with three more victories: In Friday's 1.50m feature class, Sunday's 1.50m accumulator competition and then in the concluding 1.60m Grand Prix. 

Epaillard was aboard the 12-year-old mare Queeletta (Quality x Landor S), that he also won with on Friday – and the two were the only ones to manage to deliver a double clear round. With four faults, and 0.19 seconds behind on the clock in the jump-off, followed their compatriot Felicie Bertrand (FRA) on Sultane Des Ibis (Quidam de Revel x Elan de la Cour). Third place went to Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and Dana Blue (Mr. Blue x Hemmingway) that followed with four faults, 0.40 behind the winning time – while fourth place went to Pius Schwizer and Cas (Casall x Baldini I) with eight faults in the jump-off. Michael Jung (GER) finished fifth with one time penalty in round one aboard Sportsmann S (Stolzenberg x Calido I). 

 “It’s been a great start to the year for my team," Epaillard said to R&B Presse after his victory. "I'm lucky to have incredible owners and partners around me, which is very motivating and pushes me to do my best. It’s an incredible chance to have Queeletta in my stable. I didn’t want to ride her in yesterday’s World Cup because I needed to give Toupie de la Roque some experience to be Queeletta’s replacement in Las Vegas if something happened to her. By finishing my round with Toupie yesterday, I also qualified her for the final. But it is with Queeletta that I intend to go to Las Vegas. Today, I didn’t want to go flat out in the jump-off yet I still had to take a little bit of risk to push Pius to make a fault, which turned out to be the winning strategy!”

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