Grimaud, France – September 16, 2022 – Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Dirka de Blondel were at their very best to win the €25,500 Hubside Store Speed Challenge CSI 2* on Friday during the second week of the Hubside Jumping Fall Tour at Haras des Grillons.
The Italian and Poden Farms’ 2013 bay Selle Français mare (Very Berlin de Castel x Lauterbach) blazed through the course, not only clearing all the obstacles but registering the fastest time of 57.91 seconds for the win.
Cathleen Driscoll (USA) and Magnolia (Mylord Carthago*HN x Van Gogh) were just over a half-second slower, securing the runner-up position on the podium in 58.42 seconds.
Billy Twomey (IRL) and Frenchy VDS (Cornet Obolensky x Quidam de Revel) were right on the heels of the latter twoo, completing the podium backed by a penalty-free performance in 58.59 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Lorenzo de Luca (ITA)
“We were able to take the first distance on all the jumps today. Dirka is naturally a very fast mare and we were able to do a good first round yesterday on the 1.40m. I knew that today I could count on her 100%. The faster she goes, the more respectful she is. It was a fun event, I think we had as much fun as each other.”
Final Results – €25,500 Hubside Store Speed Challenge CSI 2*
1) Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Dirka de Blondel – 0 – 57.91
2) Cathleen Driscoll (USA) & Magnolia – 0 – 58.42
3) Billy Twomey (IRL) & Frenchy Vds – 0 – 58.59
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Source Interview : Press Release by Eloise Lépine / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Sportfot