17-19 July 2015
- 17-19 July 2015
France's Patrice Delaveau takes the first CSI5* win in Chantilly
Release date: 17/07/2015
Photo: Stefano Grasso / LGCT
The first of the international CSI5* classes here in Chantilly saw a total of 55 top class combinations competing for the 1,45m Prix France Galop, with Patrice Delaveau (FRA) taking a popular early win for France with a strong time of 61.69 seconds. Second place went to Britain's Ben Maher who looks set to continue his strong form as he rode Chaventyno clear in 62.73 and maintained the lead for the majority of the competition. Third went to another home favourite Alexis Borrin (FRA) who rode a beautiful round with For Felicila in 63.82.
This morning's class was an opportunity for many of the top international combinations such as John Whitaker (GBR) and Argento, Luciana Diniz (POR) and Fit For Fun 13, Penelope Leprevost (FRA) with Vagabond de la Pomme and last year's winner Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) to jump through their paces.
Uliano Vezzani had created a well designed and flowing course in the large grass setup, suiting many of the horses and providing them with a positive first experience of the arena ahead of this weekend's competitions. There were enough questions asked that those who were competitive faced challenges, including the water tray which caught out a few of the riders. However in all, a total of 22 riders went clear showcasing the calibre of combinations in attendance, and creating a fantastic competition in the first of the CSI5* rounds.
This afternoon's class will move up a gear as riders take part in the CSI5* 1,50m Prix Generali French Tour, which starts at 17:00 local time. Watch all the action live via GCT TV, and keep up to date on our social media channels here.