Valence, France – August 18, 2022 – Sixty-seventh best rider in the Longines FEI world ranking, author of 55 victories in international events in 2022, the Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) won the LXF Assurance Prize CSI 2*, the main class on opening day of the Hubside Jumping Valence CSI 2*.
The Italian is among the favorites for Sunday’s Grand Prix. The Italian was victorious aboard the 2014 Mecklenburg gelding Vasco 118 (Vivant x Chacco-Blue), completing the second section of the 1.40m challenge in 35.83 seconds.
They were just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of the Mandy Mendes Costa (POR) on Gray D Albion DB (Balou du Rouet x Lupicor), who secured silver honors.
Another serious contender for Grand Prix victory next Sunday, François Mathy Jr. (BEL), in the saddle on Kreisker Classical ( Ugobak des Baleines x Creve Coeur) rounded out the top three in 37.63 seconds. The best French rider, Clément Frerejacques (FRA) was seventh, at the controls of Bimbo de Lara.
Winner’s Circle – Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA)
Asked about the number of victories to his credit this year:
“Quite honestly, I don’t count the number of victories… But indeed, I have a few to my credit, it’s true! (laughs) Vasco is an excellent horse, surely one of my best young horses. At eight years old, he has already won several events at heights of 1.40m and 1.45m. I hope it will continue like this for the next few years. For this weekend of Hubside Jumping Valence, I also brought Nikolaj, for the Grand Prix. He was faultless here in the Grand Prix CSI 5* last year, I hope he will do the same this year.”
Final Results – LXF Assurance CSI2*
1) Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) & Vasco 118 – 0 / 0 – 35.83
2) Mandy Mendes Costa (POR) & Gray D Albion Db – 0 / 0 – 35.90
3) Francois Mathy Jr (BEL) & Classical de Kreisker – 0 / 0 – 37.63
Source: Press Release (translated & edited) by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping Valence
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