Geneva, Switzerland – December 11, 2021 – A young British rider was the star of the day at the CHI of Geneva 5* on Saturday, winning the final qualifying event for Sunday’s $1,200,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* at the Palexpo. The ever-challenging Coupe de Genève (Cup of Geneva) CSI 5* was claimed by the young English star Harry Charles (GBR), on board of Borsato, taking top honours after a jump-off against nine other combinations. Charles and the 2006 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contendro I x Nijinski) were supreme in the decisive phase of the 1.60m contest, tripping the final timers in 35.07 seconds.
The young lad’s victory was enhanced by the level of competition and more experienced riders he overcame, including Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) aboard Carlito’s Way 6 (Casall x Lordanos). The Brazilian World and Olympic Champion had to settle for second place this time, registering two clear rounds while crossing the finish line in 36.29 seconds to secure reserve honors.
Harrie Smolders (NED) and Monaco (Cassini II x Contender) also mastered the course twice, completing the podium in 36.75 seconds.
Final Results – $112,500 Coupe de Genève CSI 5*
1) Harry Charles (GBR) & Borsato – 0 / 0 – 35.07
2) Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Carlito’s Way 6 – 0 / 0 – 36.29
3) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Monaco – 0 / 0 – 36.75
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Photo: © CHI de Genève