It was an Italian victory in Sunday’s Top Series CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix presented by Meise, as Silvia Bazzani and her 9-year-old gelding Charlemagne JT Z (Cachas x Carthago Z) took the top honours.
Beating her closest competitor by almost a second, it was a convincing victory from Bazzani’s side despite her horse being relatively inexperienced against the clock at this level. “He is only 9-years-old, and it’s the first time for him in a jump-off in a bigger class. I just wanted to keep him connected, keep him coming forward and make him confident about it. So, it was actually very good!” said the happy winner about her jump-off round.
“I bought him as a 6-year-old from the breeder, who actually has become a good friend of mine and is here today. He’s been coming up in the bigger classes through the last six months and he is a very promising horse. I love him so much!” Bazzani smiled.
Second place in this Grand Prix went to Justine Tebbel (GER) and Light Star 4 (Light On x Lafontaine 4), while Mohammed Al Kumeiti (UAE) and Taittinger de Altube (Clarimo x Cor de La Bryere) finished third. Two Belgian riders finished fourth and fifth: Cindy van der Straten with the last double clear and Viktor Daem on four faults against the clock.
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