El Jadida, Morocco – October 21, 2023 – Two French victories in the two CSI 4*-W classes on the third day of the El Jadida. By winning the Prix FPB with his young Anglo-Arab Espri du Figuier, Olivier Robert (FRA) showed the way to Nicolas Deseuzes (FRA), who won him a Winnnig Round that was run at breakneck speed.
Like the day before, the first-round course of thirteen obstacles and sixteen efforts, created by Swiss course designer Gérard Lachat (SUI), was very tricky and highly technical, causing many faults throughout the course without ever putting the horses at risk.
As a result, only two clear rounds were completed, and three others with timefaults, so that all the couples with four faults were invited to the second round, which was reduced to seven obstacles, including a double… the famous Winnnig Round, where the counters are all reset to zero.
From the outset, Ireland’s Jessica Burke (IRL) put the pressure on the group of twelve with a fiery ride on Nikey HH. To beat her, there was no room for compromise: you had to give it your all. This was achieved by the Belgians Charlotte Philippe (BEL) and Cyril Cools (BEL) and above all the Frenchman Nicolas Deseuzes (FRA) with an Eldorado Sunheup Z cut out for this kind of exercise:
“Yes, he’s very fast indeed, I can gallop through the poles, and he keeps balance on his own. He wins a lot of classes like that. He was born at Carine Groualle’s home in La Manche (Normandy). He’s always been a very spectacular horse, but this is the first year I’ve been able to jump big courses at 1.50 m – 1.55 m because up until then, he jumped too high, but since this summer, he’s become more reasonable and reasoned in the way he jumps, while remaining very careful”. A candidate for tomorrow’s Grand Prix?
“To tell the truth, I haven’t yet decided who I’m going to ride in this Grand Prix… but I’m going to have to decide quickly between him and Drugster des Forets because I have to make my entries for tomorrow soon” (It will finally be Drugster des Forets)! This is Nicolas’ very first victory on the Morocco Royal Tour, which he visits since 2014: “Unfortunately, I can’t be here every year because it depends on my federation’s selections. But it’s a circuit I enjoy coming to and returning to, the atmosphere is different, it’s a change, it’s almost a little adventure”!
Final Results – €52,600 CDG Prize CSI 4*-W
1) Nicolas Deseuzes (FRA) & Eldorado Sunheup Z – 0 / 0 – 35.94
2) Charlotte Philippe (BEL) & Cacharel de Amoranda Z – 0 / 0 – 36.40
3) Cyril Cools (BEL) & Milton Z – 0 / 0 – 36.61
Source: Press Release from Agence R&B Presse for the Morocco Royal Tour
Photos: © Agence R&B Presse / Adèle Renauldon