Grimaud, France – April 17, 2022 – It was not poker but Gregory Wathelet (BEL) had to pull out all the aces up his sleeve to conquer the win in the €25,500 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2* yesterday at the Hubside Jumping de Grimaud CSI 5* & 2*. Actually, the Belgian rider had to pull out all the stops aboard his flying partner Ace of Hearts to claim top honors in the feature CSI 2* class of the week.
Thirty-six combinations entered the ring for the 1.45m challenge, but the Belgian and the 2010 ESH bay stallion (Aliandro B x Ra Ex Ramanov Esh 17) were the fastest ones to leave all the poles up in the tiebreaker, doing so in 40.02 seconds.
Jana Wargers (GER) and Joyride (Verdi TN x Heartbreaker) jumped their way towards silver honors, matching the clean scorecard of the eventual winners while stopping the jump-off timers in 40.75 seconds.
Once again, French fans were not totally disappointed since Mathilde Couturier (FRA) secured bronze honors aboard Carlotta de La Barde (Calvaro F.C. x Cabdula du Tillard). The duo posted the third fastest clean performance of the tiebreaker, being time at 41.42 seconds.
Final Results – €25,500 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Ace of Hearts – 0 / 0 – 40.02
2) Jana Wargers (GER) & Joyride – 0 / 0 – 40.75
3) Mathilde Couturier (FRA) & Carlotta de La Barde – 0 / 0 – 41.42
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