Vilamoura, Quarteira, Faro, Portugal – October 17, 2021 – The second week of the Vilamoura Champions Tour came to an end on Sunday with the running of the €95,000 Vilamoura Grand Prix CSI 4*. In the end, the Italian flag rose higher than the rest at the end of the feature class of the week with Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) and Cochello teaming up to claim top honors.
There was more at stake than just the lion’s share of the jackpot since the even also counted as a qualifier for the next edition of the WEG (World Equestrian Games) and of the European Championship. Gregory Bodo (FRA) prepared a very fair but demanding course with 13 obstacles and 16 efforts set at a minimum height of 1.55 meters. A total of 28 combinations challenged the Frenchman’s first round course, with six of them advancing to the jump-off.
Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) riding Cochello, stole the lead with another clear round in 39.73 seconds. Despite two other riders left to go in the tiebreaker, the Italian and the 2009 grey Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Cartani 4) were able to hold on to the lead for good.
Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo (BEL) and Clinto T Z (Clintissimo Z x Indoctro) came even closer to the victory than the previous pair, registering the only other clean scorecard of the day while being timed in 41.28 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Charlene Bastone (GBR) opted for a more conservative approach aboard Sanlou (Sandro Boy x Chacco-Blue), a strategy that resulted into three time-penalty points due to their final time of 54.15 seconds. When it was all said and done, the British rider was rewarded with the third spot on the podium.
Final Results – €95,000 Vilamoura Grand Prix CSI 4*
1) Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) & Cochello – 0 / 0 – 39.73
2) Celine Schoonbroodt-de-Azevedo (BEL) & Clinto TZ – 0 / 0 – 41.28
3) Charlene Bastone (GBR) & Sanlou – 0 / 3 – 54.15
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Photos: © Vilamoura Equestrian Centre