Ben Maher (GBR) & Don Vito were the winners of the first major class during the 5th edition of the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, the €25,750 Prix Renault CSI 5* held at the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
The Brit and the 10-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme) claimed top honors in the 1.45m two-phase class by advancing to and completing phase 2 with no penalties, going through the final timers in 19.79 seconds.
Philip Houston (GER) & Loewenherz (Lordano 7 x Lucky Boy D) matched the winners’ penalty-free performance right to the wire, finishing second only seventeen-hundredths of a second slower.
Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) & Typie du Tillard (Diamant de Semilly x Grand Veneur) earned bronze honors, completing the second section of the contest flawlessly in 20.09 seconds.
This is not really a first for him in Paris, but this victory is important to start his competition: “Paris is a great city to be in and I have always been lucky on this show in the past. I hope this is a good sign for the weekend. I rode Don Vito only once or twice in the beginning of the year, he has been with Emily Moffitt for a few months now and I just borrowed him for the weekend to help with the other horse. We ride for the same owner, Poden Farms, so we sometimes switch horses. Luckily for me he is a very fast horse.”
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Source: Agence R&B Presse for Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping
Photo: © Sportfot
Categories: CSI 5*