Grimaud, Saint Tropez, France – May 02, 2021 – Gregory Wathelet (BEL) had a major reason to drink the champagne of celebration yesterday as the Belgian and Cocktail de Talma were victorious in the €25,400 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2*.The most important CSI 2* class of the week featured forty-five combinations, with only advancing to the jump-off of 1.45m test on a course designed by Cédric Longis (FRA).
After three jump-off rounds by experienced riders Julien Epaillard (FRA) on Calgary Tame, Max Kühner (AUT) with Eic Cooley Jump The Q, and Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on Diornella D all had four penalty-points due to having one pole down.
Young Eden Léprévost Blin-Lebreton (FRA) had the first double clear in the reins of Une Etoile Landaise (Balougran x Socrate de Chivre). The young French rider finished ina time of 45.65 seconds, putting pressure on the shoulders of the 2019 European team gold medallist, Gregory Wathelet (BEL).
The Belgian rider didn’t hold back aboard Cocktail de Talma, going all out aboard the 9-year-old chestnut Selle Français stallion (Baloubet du Rouet x Dobel’s Cento) while still managing register no penalties, finishing with a final time of 44.12 seconds for the win.
After having won two classes earlier in the week, Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Calgary Tame (Old Chap Tame x Kashmir Van’T Schuttershof) saw victory slip away at the end despite registering the fastest time in the tiebreaker. The duo had one pole down for four penalty-points but still managed to secure another podium finish, rounding out the top three in 41.58 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
“The time was really short in the first round, so we had to step out of our comfort zone which resulted ina few poles down but the round was well balanced. In the jump-off, I knew that if we were all clear, I wouldn’t try to beat the other combinations’ times as my horse isn’t experienced enough. As there was only one double clear, I was able to follow my initial plan while making tighter turns as Eden was quite quick. Even so, I had to take a few risks if I didn’t want this win to slip through my fingers! Cocktail deTalma is only nine and despite the situation over the last year, he is mature beyond his years. I’m fairlyoptimistic that he will be competing in 5* Grands Prix this year!”
Final Results – €25,400 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Cocktail de Talma – 0 / 0 – 44.12
2) Eden Léprévost Blinlebreton (FRA) & Une Etoile Landaise – 0 / 0 – 45.65
3) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Calgary Tame – 0 / 4 – 41.58
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Source: Press Release (edited) by Daniel Koroloff /Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Filippo Gabutti