In the second week of the Hubside Jumping Tour at Grimaud, St. Tropez, the 5* Grand Prix was prey for to Steve Guerdat. The Swiss was able to prevent the winner of the Grand Prix in the first weekend, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP), from scoring a double and just narrowly snatched the win from him in an exciting jump-off. Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) also finished on the podium of the Grand Prix this weekend, as she did last weekend. Brian Moggre (USA) and Julien Epaillard (FRA) completed the top five. A total of 46 combinations took on the 1,60m first round track and nine of them managed to keep a zero on the board.
As first to go in the jump-off, with many top riders still to follow, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar knew that he had to set a good time if he wanted to finish in the top of the rankings. This is exactly what the Spaniard did. Riding Legend (by Ogano Sitte) Aznar tried to repeat last week’s performance. A time of 39,79 proved enough for second place in the end. But it could be bettered, as Steve Guerdat proved with Venard de Cerisy (by Open Up Semilly). Guerdat was clear and came home in 39,13, beating Aznar’s time. Guerdat took home €50,000 in winning . Pénélope Leprévost also gave a valliant effort with Vancouver de Lanlore (by Toulon). A time of 40,85 was good enough for third place. American Brian Moggre steered Balou du Reventon (by Cornet Obolensky), Darragh Kenny’s former top horse, home in 41,73 seconds and finished fourth. Julien Epaillard showed that the jump-off could be even faster with Kosmo van Hof ter Boone (by Arko III). The French speedster stopped the clock in 39,06 seconds, but lowered one rail on the way. This put Epaillard in fifth place.
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