03 June '24

Silver and bronze in the CSI3* GP of Le Touquet Classic

Touardo Blue Z - Nathan Budd - ©Sportfot

© Sportfot

In France last weekend, one could of course enjoy the Longines Global Champions Tour of St. Tropez, but in addition to that, the past few days also saw a second international show on the programme with the three-star competition of Le Touquet Classic. It was a particularly successful edition for the blue/yellow colours of Zangersheide, because in addition to some resounding victories, yesterday we also saw two Z-horses on the podium during the CSI3* GP.

One of those horses was the 10-year-old stallion Touardo Blue Z, a son of Toulon and Arko III who was bred by Hugues Delattre and who has been a combination with Belgian rider Nathan Budd for some time now. At yesterday's CSI3* GP, the duo was one of seven combinations to stay clear in the basic round, securing a place in the jump-off. In it, Budd and Touardo Blue Z managed to repeat that flawless performance from the basic round and with a finishing time of 42.12 seconds they secured2nd place in the standings.

But Israeli rider Theodore Boris also managed to make it onto the podium with his 9-year-old chestnut stallion Cazan Z, a son of Comme Il Faut and Vagabond de la Pomme, who was born Cazan van het Schaeck Z to breeder Perry De Winter. Boris and Cazan Z were also unblemished in the jump-off and after a finishing time of 43.02 seconds they followed in 3rd place.

But there were also some Zangersheide victories to be noted in Le Touquet, and one of them was provided by British rider Oliver Fletcher and the 12-year-old stallion Hello William, a son of Waldo van Dungen and Stakkato born as Willie Wonka LVS Z at breeder Lissava Stud Farm in Ireland. In the 1.50m main class on Friday, Fletcher and Hello William were one of 13 combinations who managed to advance to the jump-off, in which they outclassed the competition with a clear round in 41.55 seconds.

Also on Friday, French rider Alexis Borrin recorded a victory with the 8-year-old mare Catapulte Destiny's Z, a daughter of Contendro I and Continue bred by Audray Fromager Ecurie Destiny's. Borrin and Catapulte Dentiny's Z, also good for 3rd place the day before, became the winners of the 1.40m class, where they were 2 hundredths of a second ahead of the competition with a clear2nd phase in 35.12 seconds. For Borrin's compatriot Marie Hecart, there was another 4th place in this section with the 11-year-old mare Cartouche Vd Cumel Z (Contadoro van de Helle x Orioso vd Cumul - B: Marc Kempeneers).

The 1.45m main class on Thursday during the opening day was then won by Brazilian rider Rodrigo Pessoa with the 10-year-old mare Dhalida Diamond Vd Krekebeke Z, a breeding product of Robrecht and Patricia Segaert who combined the blood of Diamant de Semilly with that of Calvaro Z. In a class against the clock, Pessoa and Dhalida Diamond Vd Krekebeke Z raced to the finish in 63.61 seconds, outsmarting the competition by more than half a second.

In addition, French rider Guillaume Foutrier also managed another victory with the 11-year-old grey mare Corneska de la Falize Z, a daughter of Cornet Obolensky and President bred by Alain and Remy Gilson. In the 1.40m speed class, they were just under 1.5 seconds ahead of the competition with a clear round in 66.70 seconds. The following days Foutrier and Corneska de la Falize Z also confirmed their good form with a 10th place in the 1.40m class on Friday and with a 7th place in the 1.40m class on Saturday.

Finally, Foutrier's compatriot Jerome Hurel also managed to jump into the prizes three times with the 11-year-old gelding Sacramento vh Bontehof Z, a son of Sandro Boy and Zandor Z from the Coeck and Braeckmans stud farm. Hurel and Sacramento vh Bontehof Z started their show in Le Touquet with a2nd place in the 1.40m class on Thursday and they also gained a 5th place in the 1.40m class on Friday and a 10th place in the 1.45m class on Saturday. The 1.40m class on Thursday also saw British rider Michael Whitaker and the 10-year-old chestnut mare Karamel de Mauretus Z (Kannan x Darco - F: Erik Van der Veken) finish in 3rd place.

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