Leprevost leads French cavalry-charge at first Longines leg in Oslo
19 10 2015
French riders ran rampant at the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League in Oslo, Norway today where Penelope Leprevost came out on top with Flora de Mariposa. In a thrilling 15-horse jump-off, the 35-year-old rider and her fabulous 10-year-old mare pinned her French counterparts, Simon Delestre and Patrice Delaveau, into second and third places, while Kevin Staut also carried the French flag into fifth spot behind Germany’s Marcus Ehning.
Ireland’s Billy Twomey led the way into the jump-off with the veteran Tinka's Serenade who collected 12 faults, and it was Ehning who produced the first clear when fourth to run with Comme Il Faut. Once the French got going however it was all about them, Delestre scorching home with the stallion Qlassic Bois Margot in 43.38 seconds to really put it up to the rest of the field, and his fellow-countryman, Delaveau, only 0.12 seconds slower to slot into temporary second place.
Try as they would, none of the rest could touch Delestre’s target-time until Leprevost set sail. She had a clear plan, and she stuck to it. “In the jump-off, most of the other riders took an inside line (around fence 13) to the double, but I went outside because I didn’t want to break the rhythm for Flora, who is anyway always fast - I think maybe that’s what made the difference” she explained. The decision paid off handsomely, with the clock showing just 43.01 seconds, an advantage of 0.37 seconds over her French rival, as she galloped through the timers.
1 FLORA DE MARIPOSA FOR PLEASURE 103IR58 BWP Penelope LEPREVOST FRA 0/0/43.01 375.000 €
2 QLASSIC BOIS MARGOT L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE 102ZZ81 SF Simon DELESTRE FRA 0/0/43.36 300.000 €
3 LACRIMOSO 3 HDC LANDJUNGE 102WS51 Holst Patrice DELAVEAU FRA 0/0/43.48 225.000 €
4 COMME IL FAUT 5 CORNET OBOLENSKY 103AZ25 Westf. Marcus EHNING GER 0/0/44.08 150.000 €
5 REVEUR DE HURTEBISE HDC KASHMIR VAN'T SCHUTTERSHOF SWE40272 SBS Kevin STAUT FRA 0/0/44.50 105.000 €
14 UTAMARO D ECAUSSINES 102SS23 SBS Joe CLEE GBR 0/8 0 €
15 TINKA'S SERENADE TINKA'S BOY GBR41278 A.E.S. Billy TWOMEY IRL 0/12 0 €
17 ALEX ARPEGGIO 102XY70 Westf. Audrey COULTER USA 1 0 €
20 HELLO SANCTOS QUASIMODO VAN DE MOLENDREEF BEL42500 SBS Scott BRASH GBR 4 0 €
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