CSI 5*

Michael G. Duffy & Chappo Chey Turn on the Afterburner to Win €25,000 Kask Speed Class CSI 5* at Jumping Verona


2018. Jumping Verona CSI 5 Kask Michael G Duffy & Chappo Chey JV SG.JPGIt was the Irish national anthem that rang out after the second competition of the opening day at Jumping Verona, when Michael G Duffy (IRL) won the €25,000 Kask Speed with a brilliant round from the nine-year-old Chappo Chey (Carell x Cornet Obolensky).

2018. Jumping Verona CSI 5 Henrik von Eckermann & Que Bueno de Hus Z JV SG 3

Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Que Bueno de Hus Z

It seemed Sweden had it in the bag with Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) out in front with the exciting eight-year-old Que Bueno de Hus Z (Que Guapo x Guanto).

2018. Jumping Verona CSI 5 Petronella Andersson & Eclatant Z JV SG 2

Petronella Andersson (SWE) & Eclatant

Petronella Andersson was temporarily in second spot with the nine-year-old grey Eclatant (Berlin x Heartbreaker) as Duffy set off with just four left to go.

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Michael G. Duffy (IRL) & Chappo Chey

But the rider who hails from the village of Knockmore in County Mayo in the far west of Ireland, and who has been based in Germany with Carl Hanley Sporthorses since he left home at the age of 19, is on flying form right now. And when he raced through the timers in 62.27 seconds, he pinned von Eckermann into runner-up spot and Andersson into third and that’s where they would stay despite the best efforts of the remaining three.

The biggest surprise of the afternoon was a fall for newly-crowned individual World Champions Simone Blum from Germany and her lovely chestnut mare DSP Alice who were last to go. They were in a league of their own in the big outdoor arena at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA last month, never touching a pole as they cruised to team bronze and individual gold. But Pavilion 8 in Verona is a lot more enclosed, and when the long-striding Alice miscalculated the distance between the oxer at fence five and the first element of the following double and took a stride out, she landed in a pile of poles and the pair bit the dirt for elimination on their first outing since that glorious afternoon just a few short weeks ago.

2018. Jumping Verona CSI 5 Kask Michael G Duffy & Chappo Chey JV SG 2

Michael G. Duffy (IRL) & Chappo Chey

Duffy shaved more than a second off von Eckermann’s target time to take the win, helped by a daredevil inside turn to the second-last fence. He almost brought Chappo Chey to a halt with his hand-brake manoeuvre but the talented Westphalian gelding didn’t blink, finding the impulsion to jump the penultimate oxer despite a lack of forward momentum and scorching down to the final vertical.

“That’s when you know what you have under you!” Duffy said afterwards, “there’s an expression ‘no hope, no scope’ and this horse has all the scope in the world! He’s still relatively inexperienced but every question we’ve asked him so far he’s answered so I’ve great hopes that he’ll step up and maybe do the 5-Star Grand Prix classes in time” said the rider who is now turning his attention to Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup qualifier.

“I have my best horse here for that, Lappucino, he’s a grey gelding, an Irish-bred horse that I had on the team at the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona so he’s coming off the back of good form and I’m hoping for a good result with him this week” Duffy explained.

And should he succeed on Sunday then it will be all the more special as that’s the day the Irishman will celebrate his 22nd birthday.

For full results, please click here.

Source: Press release from Jumping Verona

Photo: © Jumping Verona / Stefano Grasso