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Friday & Saturday at Saute Hermes au Grand Palais

Saturday 18 March 2017

Yesterday, Friday 17th March, saw Louise Saywell at the CSI 5* Saut Hermes give Great Britain a solid start with a 2nd place finish in the opening World Ranking Points class, the 1.45m two phase Prix du Grand Palais.  Her clear with Peiter VI, owned by James Hughes, in a time of 29.77 seconds saw them sit just behind Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) with Carlotta 232 who took the top spot by breaking the finish line in 28.35 seconds.   It was a hard fought class with more than forty starters that came forward, seventeen of which jumped without penalty across both phases.

The next class of the day was the 1.45m two phase for 25 years & under riders and Great Britain shone once again in the form of Jessie Drea with Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars, a 12 year-old bay stallion which she owns with Lynne Humphries.   Her incredibly fast clear in a time of 31.21 seconds just couldn’t be caught and it was Swiss rider Laetitia du Couedic that managed to get the closest in 31.24 seconds to take 2nd place with Cheyenne 111.   Jack Whitaker, who won Individual Gold last year at the Pony European Championships, took 8th place with Emilie Machon and Michael Potter’s grey stallion Valentin R.

Friday evenings Table A 1.50m Prix Hermes Sellier brought with it an incredibly strong field and it was Patrice Delaveau who took the title with Carinjo HDC with John Whitaker and Team Harmony’s 12 year-old bay mare Ornellaia finishing in 9th with a clear in a time of 60.99 seconds.  

Earlier today, Saturday 18 March, Jessie Drea once again appeared high in the line-up with a 3rd place finish on Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars in the 25 & Under 1.45m Les Talents Hermes.  Her double clear in 40.84 seconds was just a fraction of a second behind Emanuele Massimiliano Bianchi (ITA)  and Evelina Tovek (SWE) with with Quiara M who both stopped the clock in 40.44 seconds to tie in 1st place.  It was a 9th place finish this time for Jack Whitaker with Valentin R having picked up 4 penalties in the jump off in a time of 42.71 seconds.

This afternoon’s crowd pleaser of a competition, the Le Saut Hermes 1.60m two round competition that sees riders pair up in teams of two was an incredible one to watch.  The packed grandstands were cheering on at almost a deafening pitch willing their riders home and it was Petronella Andersson (SWE) and Christian Ahlmann (GER) that took the main share of the prize money with their 1st place finish on a total of 4 penalties in a combined time of 79.98 seconds.  Louise Saywell with Carodalis 7, owned by Jorg Naeve, was paired with Ben Asselin (CAN) and Cool Feeling and their 5 penalty score in a time of 93.82 seconds saw them finish in 5th place.

Tomorrow will see the 1.50m Prix de la Ville de Paris followed by the 25 & Under 1.45m team competition take place.  The final class of the day with be the Grand Prix Hermes 1.60m with its vast €400,000 prize fund.  The competition takes place at 3.30pm local time.

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