Belgium’s Jérôme Guery will long remember his first 5* Chantilly. Winner of the Prix French Tour General, he recurred early this afternoon in the prestigious Master Airbus Group presented by Equidia Life with the same grey, Alicante.
This second Grand Prix of the Jumping International of Chantilly is always an amazing class, fancy to add to the record. On Friday, by winning the Prix French Tour Generali, Jérôme Guery has promised, about Alicante, that he was “a horse that we will more see at top level even if there are a lot of things to improve”.
It didn’t take long until we got proof of it, because in 36.62 seconds, he beats Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher and his gelding Théodore Manciais who has stop the timer at 37.31: “If it’s not the first 5* of my career, it’s my first in Chantilly on a field I’ve always loved as I was there, competing for the 2* (with horses of another level). France is a wonderful country, I love it, I love to ride here because we feel that the crowd supports us; maybe because we are kind of neighbor. So a win here, in this Master Airbus Group, feels really good”.
So, this is a first success for Alicante in a Grand Prix at this level, a horse who is apparently a quick learner: “Indeed, it has been only six months that I ride him and every show, he gets better. In Hamburg, we had two poles down in the Grand Prix Longines Global Champions Tour, in Madrid, last week, we ended only with 4 points, and I felt he was improving. Here, where he doesn’t get any pole down, I felt that he was ready to give me some more. He is a quick learner: on Friday, I prepped him for the speed class, two days later he finishes with the best clocks in a Grand Prix jump-off. It’s a risk I was not ready to take after his clear round of the first round, and giving me this victory, he showed me he has well listened on Friday. I think it’s good for the future, we will have a lot more rakings together”, promise once again the rider from Sart-Dames-Avelines, Belgium.
Thus, just like in 2015, the Jumping of Chantilly ends on a Brabançonne. Well quite, as the new Global Champions League is still going on…
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