El Jadida, Morocco – October 18, 2019 – The second day of the Morocco Royal Tour CSI 4*-W at the Salon du Cheval d’El Jadida came to an end this afternoon with the €25,000 Prix MAPM Sorec CSI 4*-W, the qualifier for Sunday’s grand finale, the €100,000 His Majesty King Mohammed Grand Prix CSI 4*-W.
Once again it was up to Iuliano Vezzani (ITA) to design the 1.45m course and the Italian delivered a fair but challenging task to the 79 out of 87 combinations that entered the ring.
Roberto Turchetto (ITA) and Adare (Royal Bravour x Burggraaf) were not only the trailblazers but showed the way to the rest of the field, registering the first clean scorecard of the challenge as weel, timed in 58.93 seconds. In the end, their mark would only be surpassed by another duo.
It took a while for another clear round, but nine rides after the Italian, Karim El Zoghby (EGY) and Crocket W (Douglas x Indoctro) came close to posting the second clean performance of the day. Unfortunately, their time of 73.18 seconds meant one time-penalty to their score.
As the competition went on, the triple combination (oxer + vertical + vertical) came down quite frequently, especially element c as most horses got too deep and were unable to clear it. The oxer right after the triple was also a major factor. In fact, several combinations knocked down element c of the triple and one of the top poles of the oxer too.
With the crowd cheering her own, Leina Benkraba (MAR) and Cher V (Clinton x Calvados/Sable Rose) were the second pair to complete their runs without any penalties, timed in 63.93 seconds; good enough for eleventh place.
The lead changed hands for good when Simon Delestre (FRA) crossed the finish aboard Qopilot Batilly Z. The Frenchman and the 9-year-old bay Zangersheide gelding (Qlassic Bois Margot x Cabdula du Tillard) set the definite mark in 57.71 seconds.
Elian Baumann (SUI) and Campari Z (Contact vd Heffinck x Platini M) earned bronze honors backed by a penalty-free run in 59.36 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Simon Delestre (FRA)
Approach to Bogey Jumps Five & Six
When I walked the course I already knew that it wasn’t supposed to go towards the triple combination really fast. You had to go a bit slow and a bit deep distance going in from the oxer, and then you would have to hold all the time one stride, two strides, for sure very short. And the oxer, it’s possible with the second horse I did five direct but with him I got a wrong six and I turned faster behind.
Partnership with Qopilot Batilly Z
“Qopilot is quite young, again 9 years old, young for me, very young. I have had him since he was 3 years old but I don’t push them as young horses, I just keep them growing slowly, step by step. My rider was riding him last year. This year, he already did a couple of shows, but already nice shows like Basel, a world cup event. In the second grand prix he already had a clear round and then he was third in Shanghai at the Global Champions Tour. Then, he did a couple of nice classes, now I think it’s time for him to go up to bigger classes. He jumped in Rabat last week, including the grand prix, I think he can really do it, but I go step by step. He will jump the grand prix this Sunday.”
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Photos: © Morocco Royal Tour / Agence R&B Presse / Pascal Renauldon