Valence, France – August 20, 2021 – There was great sport Frinday night on the course at the Hubside Jumping de Valence! Eighteen couples won their entry tickets for the jump-off of the 1.55cm CSI 5* contest, determined to win. Discreet but oh so effective, the Normand Marc Dilasser (FRA) got everyone to agree!
At 8:00 pm sharp, the first competitor set off for the main event of the day, where the discipline’s leaders met. First on the track, Irishman Daniel Coyle (IRL) gave the public a perfect first lap, opening up the possibilities with Legacy. Almost immediately afterwards, his compatriot Mark Mcauley (IRL) followed suit on Cap West, confirming the holding of a jump-off, almost immediately imitated by Bertram Allen (IRL), in the saddle on Harley vd Bisschop. But Ireland was not the only nation in great shape last night as in the end, eighteen couples from seven countries managed to thwart the pitfalls of the course designed by Cédric Longis (FRA). Who from Ireland, France, Great Britain, Colombia, Italy, Mexico or Belgium would win? The battle promised to be over!!
Both riders and riders rolled up their sleeves to do it quickly and well, taking all the risks to try to lower the clock for Mark Mcauley (IRL), the first rider to score a double clear round. Time to beat: 43’52… The French Olivier Perreau (5th) and Alexa Ferrer (4th), the Brit John Whitaker (3rd), the Colombian Carlos Lopez (2nd) and the Belgian Pieter Clemens (6th) achieved this, pushing his elbows…
But that was without counting on the ardor of Marc Dilasser (FRA) and his fabulous Arioto du Gevres, who snatched the victory at the end of an intense test with a stopwatch of 39’10. Prodigious!
Winner’s Circle – Marc Dilasser (FRA)
Whatever the number of starters, a jump-off of 5 * is quickly run. The only thing is to walk away thinking that you might not be classified. Today, even if there had been only eight play-offs, I would have started at the same speed because anyway, in the end, it always wins very quickly. This victory with Arioto du Gevres is good, because I’m coming off a great series where the horse was jumping very well but where I often made a small mistake. I was looking for myself a little so this victory is reassuring. It is also good for my team, who works very hard, and for my owners, the breeders of Arioto, owners of the Gevres stud farm, Mr. and Mrs. Bastin, who are passionate and want to keep their horse so that we can do Sport. Sunday, I will ride him in the Grand Prix. I had been here before at the Hubside Jumping de Valence: it is an absolutely fabulous place. It’s the perfect competition. We are received like princes, and we also have to give the best of ourselves in such a place with such an organization.
Final Results – €60,000 Hubside Store Prize CSI 5*
1) Marc Dilasser (FRA) & Arioto du Greves – 0 / 0 – 39.10
2) Carlos Lopez (COL) & G&C Arrayan – 0 / 0 – 40.14
3) John Whitaker (GBR) & Unick du Francport – 0 / 0 – 40.61
Source: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping de Valence
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Sportfot