Rome, Italy – May 29, 2021 – Ireland’s performance was disappointing in the Nations Cup (left out of the second round), but Ireland hit back in the first competition of the 88th CSIO in Rome with Mark Mcauley (IRL) and Cap West were the winners of the €10,000 KEP Italia Prize CSIO 5*.
The 34-year-old rider from Dublin hit the mark with the 2012 chestnut gelding (Chacco-Blue x Hors La Loi), scoring 65 points and finishing the course with an excellent time of 45.26 seconds. This is the third career success For McAuley (IRL) at Piazza di Siena, following the one in 2017 in the “puissance” and the other in 2019 in a speed class.
Emilio Bicocchi (ITA) and Flinton (Clinton x Heartbreaker) flew to second, matching the final score of the eventual winners in 45.44 seconds.
Paolo Paini (ITA) and Chaccolie also registered the maximum number of points possible, rounding out the top three only four-hundredths of a second slower than the latter two (45.48 seconds).
Mention should be made of the good placement of the Japanese rider, Daisuke Fukushima (JPN): he ranked fourth (65, 45.67) on Tailormade Contou, one of the horses co-owned by the Japan Equestrian Federation and the German legend, Paul Schockemöhle. The German rider, Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) on De Flipper finished sixth (65, 46.48), after her stellar achievement yesterday in the jump-off of the Nations’ Cup conquered by Belgium.
Final Results – €10,000 KEP Italia Accumulator CSIO 5*
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Point Total / Time
1) Mark Mcauley (IRL) & Cap West – 65 / 45.26
2) Emilio Bicocchi (ITA) & Flinton – 65 / 45.44
3) Paolo Paini (ITA) & Chaccolie – 65 / 45.48
Source: Press Release from Piazza di Siena
Photos: © Piazza di Siena / CONI / Simone Ferraro