Rome, Italy – May 26, 2023 – While waiting for the Intesa Sanpaolo Nations Cup CSIO 5*, the €30,000 Aston Martin Speed Challenge CSIO 5* qualifying for the Rolex Gran Prix of Rome CSIO 5* on Sunday 28th, “opened” the competions on the green showground of Piazza di Siena on the second day of the 90th CSIO di Roma Piazza di Siena – Master d’Inzeo.
Twenty-four hours after his success in the €26,200 MAG Two-Phase Challenge CSIO 5* with Dubai de Soie, French rider Julien Epaillard (FRA) came in for ‘an encore’. This time, he won riding Dubai du Cedre (59.45), the only pair to go under 60 seconds. France also placed a second combination on the podium with Simon Delestre (FRA) on Enjoy d’Eole (60.43).
After the podium finish scored earlier in the morning in the €11.400 ENI Speed Challenge CSIO 5* with Just Special Vk, there was another third place for Swiss Bryan Balsiger (SUI), in this case on Dubai du Bois Pinchet (61.23).
Best of the Italian rider, Massimo Grossato, came fourth with Cash du Pratel (61.85).
Epaillard is increasingly satisfied with this first participation in Piazza di Siena: ~There is no particular reason why I have not competed here in the past. It has not happened untill this year. Dubai du Cedre jumped very well today, despite his lack experience at five-star level. This class was the perfect training for the Rolex Grand Prix Rome on Sunday. So glad we were able to secure qualification scoring victory today.”
Final Results – €30,000 Aston Martin Speed Challenge CSIO 5* -1.55
1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Dubai du Cedre – 0 – 59.45
2) Simon Delestre (FRA) & Enjoy d’Eole – 0 – 60.43
3) Bryan Balsiger (SUI) & Dubai du Bois Pinchet – 0 – 61.23
Source: Press Release from CSIO di Roma – Piazza di Siena – Master d’Inzeo
Photo: © Sport e Salute / Simone Ferraro