Chantilly, France – July 15, 2023 – What could be better for a new organization, the Grandprix group, when the winner of its first 4* Grand Prix is one of the greatest riders on the circuit, the American Laura Kraut (FRA), with a prestigious track record: gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games (2008), silver at the Tokyo Games (2020); gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon-USA (2018) and silver at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006 and over one hundred and thirty international victories to her credit. One more: the €100,000 Grand Prix de La Ville de Chantilly CSI 4* with Bisquetta.
Chantilly is a destination like no other! Bisquetta’s American owner, Margaret Duprey (Cherry Knoll Farm), made the special trip from Florida to see her mare jump on the Grandes Ecuries track: “It was a really good idea to come to Chantilly this weekend. It’s very exciting to be here. I had already come to support Laura here with my horses, Cedric and Comfortable. I’m so happy to be back. Bisquetta is a mare that Nick Skelton and Laura found in Europe and she came to us as an 8-year-old, and we’re all working to take her to the top.”
It’s a story that’s repeating itself, since exactly thirteen years ago, she saw her horse of the time, the grey Cedric, win on this same ground, still with Laura Kraut, whose faithful owner she has been for many years, as with Haley, who won at Aachen two weeks ago. Today, however, it was Bisquetta‘s very first Grand Prix victory that delighted Laura Kraut (USA):
“I love Chantilly. It’s been a while since I won here, but I’ll take it! I’m very happy. It was a beautiful course, and she (Elena Boix Gracia, the Spanish ring steward, editor’s note) did a great job throughout the week. And when there are seventeen runners-up, you’d better go fast!
Just fast enough, as Laura Kraut beat her American compatriot Giavanna Rinaldi (USA) with Parrandero by 9 hundredths: “It’s crazy! I’m usually the one who ends up just behind, but this time I’m happy to be on the right side… for once”. Bisquetta, her 9-year-old mare (Bisquet Balou Vd Mispelaere x Takashi Van Berkenbroek), will be her second Olympic asset for Paris 2024 after Baloutinue (Balou du Rouet), team silver medallist at Tokyo 2020):
“She’s incredible, a mare full of promise for the future. It’s his first Grand Prix victory and I hope the first of many. For Paris, Baloutinue remains my first choice for the moment, but you’ve seen Bisquetta knocking on the door (laughs)”.
In 2010, Laura Kraut won ahead of two other women, but this time, the eternal Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) managed to sneak onto the podium with Delph de Denat HDC, a 10-year-old by Air Jordan on whom Bosty is also counting for Paris 2024 and who finished 16 hundredths (!) from the top step:
“Have you seen my little black one? He’s as good as Cassius (Cassius Clay VDV Z by Calvino Z, editor’s note) with more blood. He reminds me of Ideal de la Loge, only more respectful. Cassius and Delph are two horses I can count on for the Games. They’re completely different, one’s white, the other’s black, the first goes well on sand, the second is at ease on grass. I’m really lucky to have these two assets for the Olympics. Delph has a big heart, which is important for a stallion because they can sometimes be a bit cowardly. He has total confidence in me and in himself. He’s always there: when I need a clear round, he delivers it without a hitch, as he did in the Grand Prix qualifier.
Final Results – €100,000 Grand Prix de La Ville de Chantilly CSI 4*
1) Laura Kraut (USA) & Bisquetta – 0 / 0 – 41.26
2) Giavanna Rinaldi (USA) & Parrandero – 0 / 0 – 41.32
3) Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) & Delph de Denat HDC – 0 / 0 – 41.42
Source: Press Release by Pascal Renauldon (translated & edited) / Agence R&B Presse for Chantilly Classic
Photos: © Agence R&B Presse / Adèle Renauldon