Feel that? It’s Grand Prix Day excitement buzzing in the air!
With the Grand Prix Hermès, the feature event of Saut Hermès, just hours away, it’s time to get caught up to speed on who’s won what this weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. Buckle up, mes amis, it’s been a lightning fast few days!
On Friday, Patrice Delaveau kicked off the weekend with a win for France. Riding Vestale de Mazure HDC, they were the only combination to squeak in under the 31 second mark in the Prix du Grand Palais 1.45m CSI5* power and speed, stopping the clock at just 30.89 seconds. (Runnerup Simon Delestre was more than ONE second and a half slower in 32.30 with Chesall Zimequest.)
France continued to rule the day with Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Usual Suspect d’Auge taking the win Friday’s Prix Hermès Sellier 1.50m CSI5*—this time by TWO and half seconds. (Epaillard crossed the timers in 58.16 seconds in the jump off. Ireland’s Mark Mcauley, 61.85).
If Friday was for France, Saturday went to the Oliviers. Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts took the top spot in the Prix GL events 1.50m CSI5* with Cataleya 3, squeaking through the timers four hundredths of a second faster than Italy’s Alberto Zorzi and Danique (61.37 vs 61.76).
That evening, Olivier Perreau claimed another decisive victory for France in the 1.60m Le Saut Hermès CSI5*. He and Venizia d’Qiguilly were almost THREE and a half seconds faster than Mark McAuley (IRL) and Miebello, the only other double clear (42.71 vs 46.09).
Sweden ruled Sunday’s Prix de la Ville de Paris 1.50m CSI5* with Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) and H&M Second Chance taking first place with the fastest of five double clear efforts in the jump off.
It all comes down to today. Who will take home the lion’s share of the 400,000 euro prize money in the feature event of Saut Hermès? Tune in to Horse Network to find out!
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