CSI 5*

Simon Delestre & Qopilot Batilly Z Speed to Victory in €25,100 Franco Tucci Prize CSI 5* at Jumping Verona

2019. Jumping Verona Tucci Simon Delestre & Qopilot Batilly Z JV SG

Verona, Italy – November 11, 2019 – “La Marseillaise” rang out across the arena at Jumping Verona yesterday when Simon Delestre (FRA) flew home with Qopilot Batilly Z  to win the €25,100 Franco Tucci Speed CSI 5* class.

Once again it was an early starter that stole the spoils, the 38-year-old rider sealing it with a galloping run  aboard the 9-year-old bay Zangersheide gelding (Qlassic Bois Margot x Cabdula du Tillard) that stopped the timers in 59.63 seconds when fourth to go of the big field of 52.

2019. Jumping Verona Tucci Guido Franchi & Egbert JV SG

Guido Franchi (ITA) & Egbert

Guido Franchi (ITA) broke the beam with Egbert (Warrant x Notaris) in 60.92 seconds to claim runner-up spot after a penalty-free performance.

2019. Jumping Verona Tucci Daniel Deusser & Kiana van het Herdershof JV SG

Daniel Deusser (GER) & Kiana van het Herdershof

Daniel Deusser (GER) finished third with Kiana van het Herdershof (Toulon x Lys De Darmen), registering no penalties in 61.15 seconds.

But Delestre had to hold his breath when the last man into the ring, Robert Whitaker (GBR), very nearly turned the competition on its head with a spectacular challenge with Dekato that saw them posting the quickest time of all, clocking 59.04 seconds. However the final oxer hit the floor to leave them out of contention, so Delestre was off the hook and back on the winner’s podium.

2019. Jumping Verona Tucci Simon Delestre & Qopilot Batilly Z JV SG 3

Simon Delestre (FRA) & Qopilot Batilly Z

It was a particular delight to post this win with a horse he has had since he was four. “He’s still only nine years old but he is coming up to the higher levels and he is ready for it now!” Delestre said.

“We know each other very well and that is always good, he has been in great form this year and he was very impressive on the Morocco Tour at Al Jadida last month where he finished sixth in the Grand Prix. He’s a very nice horse and he is naturally fast – in our sport today, horses must be able to jump at speed because that’s how it is in competitions!”

The French rider is now looking forward to tomorrow’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier in which he will compete Hermes Ryan, the brilliant chestnut gelding with which he claimed European individual bronze in Aachen, Germany in 2015. Looking forward to that he said today, “he’s 15 years old now but he’s still in great shape!”. And he spoke about his affection and connection with Jumping Verona.

2019. Jumping Verona Tucci Cel Simon Delestre & Qopilot Batilly Z JV SG 2

Simon Delestre (FRA) & Qopilot Batilly Z during the awards ceremony

“I always enjoy this show, it’s one of the best and I feel at home because I first rode in a pony competition here in 1994 – and I’ve been coming back ever since!”

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Source: Press release from Jumping Verona

Photos: © Jumping Verona / S.Grasso