São Paulo, São Paulo – September 29, 2019 – José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) and Azrael were victorious in the R$ 120,000 FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix CSI 2*-W yesterday at Sociedade Hípica Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Brazilian became the first four-time champion after another brilliant performance aboard Azrael W, finishing with only one pole down in the second round, completing their final performance in 64.74 seconds for the victory.
José Roberto had already won the same Grand Prix in 2010, 2017 and 2018, winning it for the third consecutive time aboard the same mount, the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Chin Chin x Voltaire), taking home the Jayme Loureiro Filho Perpetual Trophy for good.
José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) & Azrael W
“I am very honored and happy to win this Grand Prix once again and before a full house at the Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP). Azrael was really born to win and be mine,” said the champion who is also a three-time Brazilian senior top ranking champion, winning it in 2015, 2016, 2018 and taking the lead again in the championship series after 5 of 9 legs so far. This year, the Grand Prix also offered a Perpetual Trophy named after Jayme Loureiro Filho, a former president of the Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP) responsible for building the indoor arena, a venue which was inaugurated back in 1965.
Romeu Ferreira Leite, president of the Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP), organizer and creator of indoor competition since its first edition, awarded José Roberto with Jayme Loureiro Filho Perpetual Trophy for winning the contest three times. The four-time champion also took home the Transitional Trophy which will be awarded for good to the next three-time champion.
Twelve out of the 22 combinations in the first round managed to qualify for the next phase. Among them, five with a clean scorecard while the other seven only registered four penalty-points (one pole down). They wen on to face the decisive course designed by Frederic Cottier (FRA), a world champion rider and Olympic medalist.
Alberto Bento Sinimbu (BRA) & Quidam Forever
Alberto Bento Sinimbu (BRA) and Quidam Forever had the same score as the eventual winners, finishing second due to their final time of 66.72 seconds.
Thiago Mattos (BRA) and Sulki do Santo Antônio secured third place with a total of five penalty-points (4+1), crossing the finish line in 69.24 seconds.
Podium: Flavio Grillo Araujo (BRA), Alberto Bento Sinimbu (BRA), José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA), Thiago Mattos (BRA) Tomas Podolsky Rossilho (BRA)
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release from CBH – Brazilian Equestrian Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Hipismo
Photos: © CBH / Luis Ruas / Gabriela Lutz