Grimaud, Saint Tropez, France – May 01, 2021 – Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Citadin du Chatellier turned on the nitro to win the €15,000 Hubside Speed Challenge CSI 4* on Saturday on the second day of the first of two weeks of the Hubside Spring Tour CSI 4* & 2*.
At the start of this third day of competition, forty couples were at the start of the 1.50m class. On a course designed Cédric Longis (FRA), it was finally Nicolas Delmotte and 9-year-old bay Selle-Français gelding (l’Arc de Triomphe*Bois Margot x Diamant de Semilly), stopping the timers in 65.32 seconds after a fault-free trip around the track.
Julien Epaillard (FRA) came close to his third straight Longines Rankings victory in two days, but this time the Flying Frenchman had to settle for second place aboard Usual Suspect d’Auge, registering no penalties in 66.58 seconds.
Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Shelby (Jarnac x Papillon Rouge) completed the podium, posting a clean run in 66.83 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Nicolas Delmotte (FRA)
“Citadin was doing his first 1.50m this morning so I am very happy with the result! He had already won a test counting for the Longines Rankings at the start of the year at Oliva. He is a very fast horse naturally and has started to be competitive from the age of seven and eight. He’s got a lot of quality and I think it’s his natural speed that saved us some time on the course this morning.”
Final Results – €15,000 Hubside Jumping Speed Challenge CSI 4*
1) Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) & Citadin du Chatellier – 0 / 65.32
2) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Usual Suspect d’Auge – 0 / 66.58
3) Scott Brash (GBR) & Hello Shelby – 0 / 66.83
Source / Interview: Press Release by Eloise Lépine / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Filippo Gabutti