Rome, Italy – May 27, 2022 – Veteran French star, Roger Yves Bost (FRA) , scooped the Safe Riding Jump-Off Challenge CSIO 5* when the action resumed in the Gallopatoio on the second day of CSIO5* Rome – Masters Fratelli d’Inzeo early this morning. The team gold medallist at the World Equestrian Games in 1990 and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as individual European champion in 2013, the man affectionately known as Bosty is something of a legend in the sport for many reasons, and today the 56-year-old rider showed the class that has kept him at the very top for so many years.
From the big field of 51 starters a total of 25 qualified for the second round against the clock, and it was Bost’s compatriot, Tokyo Olympian Mathieu Billot (FRA), who set a strong early target when galloping through the timers in 36.25 seconds with the unusually-named 12-year-old gelding H.
A smooth and fast round of the new second-round course saw Poland’s Andrzej Oplatek and his Holsteiner gelding Le Cordial slot temporarily into second place, but Bost and the 14-year-old chestnut Selle Français mare, Urane ( Miami de Semilly x Drakkar des Hutins) then reset the parameters.
The popular Frenchman has a brilliant record of success with mares and took over the ride on the chestnut, who was previously competed by French lady rider Axelle Lagoubie, at the end of last year. The new pairing are quickly gelling into another great partnership, and after they broke the beam in 36.00 seconds, they never looked threatened.
However third-last into the ring, Italy’s Massimo Grossato (ITA) and Belly Dancer RS slotted in behind runner-up Billot and pushed Oplatek down to fourth place with a sharp run that brought them home in 37.08 seconds. The Netherlands’ Michael Greve (Jacksonville Eurohill) and Jur Vrieling (Griffin van de Heffinck) lined up in fifth and sixth places.
Final Results – €26,000 Safe Riding Jump-off Challenge CSIO 5*
- Roger Yves Bost (FRA) & Urane – 0 / 0 – 36.00
2) Mathieu Billot (FRA) & H -0/ 0- 36.25
3) Massimo Grossato (ITA) & Belly Dancer RS – 0 / 0 – 37.08
Source: Press Release (edited) from CSIO di Roma – Piazza di Siena
Photo: © CSIO di Roma – Piazza di Siena / Salute & Sport / Simone Ferraro