Rabat, Morocco – October 19, 2019 – The stakes and fences were higher this afternoon at the 10th edition of the Morocco Royal Tour CSI 4*-W, held during the 12th Salon du Cheval d’El Jadida at the Parc d’Exposition King Mohammed VI in El Jadida, Morocco.
The most important class of the day was the €51,000 Prix CDG CSI 4*-W, a 1.50m winning-round challenge, having 12 obstacles set on a course designed by Iuliano Vezzani (ITA).
Emily Ward (GBR) and Billy Z were the first among the 39 out of the 42 originally planned entries to enter the arena. The Brit left all the poles up, but unfortunately, her clear effort came at the expense of one time-penalty, due to their exceeding the time allowed of 74 seconds.
The two double combinations at number 8 and 11 were the cause of a high percentage of the penalties attributed to the contestants.
Elian Baumann (SUI) and Campari Z were the first duo to have no penalties attributed to them in round 1, with Olivier Perreau (FRA), Felipe Amaral (BRA), Roberto Turchetto (ITA), Stefan Eder (AUT), Bernardo Alves (BRA) all matching the benchmark set by the Swiss, thus, guaranteeing themselves in the winning round.
Under winning-round rules and to complete the twenty-five percent criteria, Thierry Goffinet (BEL), Helen Tredwell (GBR), Emily Ward (GBR) and Andrzej Oplatek (POL) also qualified for the decisive round, despite all having received one time-penalty in the first round.
Thierry Goffinet (BEL) and Eyecatcher of Two Notes Z got things underway in the winning round. The Belgian took some risky tight turns but had two unlucky poles down.
Helen Tredwell (GBR) was conservative aboard Galtur, going for the clear in 37.57 seconds. Emily Ward (GBR) followed, also with a bit cautious on Billy Z. Sadly, one of the verticals came down, their time being of 37.86 seconds.
Andrezj Oplatek (GBR) and Stakkatan lowered the mark to 35.93 seconds, but it was not their day as one of the poles on the last obstacle rolled down to the ground.
Roberto Turchetto (ITA) and Clarico were clean for the second time, taking over the lead in 37.02 seconds, a mark that would earn them a sixth-place finish.
Olivier Perreau (FRA) and GL Events Dolce Deceuninck (Toulon x Cartier van de Heffinck) did all the turns tightly, shaving off precious time before dashing across the finish line in 34.22 seconds, a time that ended up earning them silver honors.
Winners of the World Cup Qualifier CSIO 4*-W last week in Rabat, Bernardo Alves (BRA) and El Torreo de Muze were in the hunt for the top prize again, this time falling short with a final time of 34.47 seconds, good enough for fourth place.
Felipe Amaral (BRA) & Quinn 33
Fellow countryman Felipe Amaral (BRA) was a man on mission early on aboard Quinn 33. The Brazilian fought his way to victory, especially to maintain the speedy 9-year-old chestnut Holsteiner (Quidam de Revel x Contender) under control after landing from number 7. The rising star went on to clear all the following obstacles, galloping at full speed to claim the victory in 33.62 seconds.
Stefan Eder (AUT) and Dr. Scarpo duplicated the clean scorecard but their time of 36.10 seconds was well short of the Brazilian.
As the last ones to go, Elian Baumann (SUI) and Campari Z (Contact vd Heffinck x Platini M) had a great performance too, earning bronze honors flawlessly in 34.47 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Felipe Amaral (BRA)
About the Victory & Quinn 33
“I am very happy with how my horse jumped here today, it was a super winning round by him. He got to my stables not too long ago, I’ve had him since around last March. In the beginning, it was a bit difficult, I did not match with him and later after much work and many changes, it makes all the work worthwhile, after a victory like this one.”
About their Winning Round Performance
“Sometimes having him under control can be a little bit more difficult but when it gets to the last 2 or three strides all he is thinking about is clearing the obstacle. He forgets about the “fighting” in the turns and gives it all he has to go over it. After having gone through the most difficult parts, the turns, it was time to go full speed and get within a nice distance for him to overcome it.”
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Photos: © Agence R&B Presse / Pascal Renauldon