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Patrice Delaveau wins the Gucci Gold Cup

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Patrice Delaveau (FRA) went all in and took the two CSI5* wins at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles on Saturday. His finesse and skill resulted in the fastest times in both his earlier win in the $34,000 Prix Emirates CSI5* and with his win in the $130,000 Gucci Gold Cup CSI5* to launch the most glamorous evening of showjumping in North America.

Riding 14-year-old Holsteiner stallion Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf), Delaveau was the first clear round to make it into the second round. Six out of the first ten in the first round’s order of go knocked down the rail at the eleventh jump in the twelve-obstacle course designed by Luc Musette (BEL), warning the later riders to protect the approach to the penultimate fence.

At the first round’s end, seventeen clear rounds were invited to return for the second round. A new 1.60-meter course was set, and the riders walked the course before riding in a new order. Kirsten Coe (USA) was the first to attempt the condensed design and recorded an early clear, but her time of 39.69 seconds couldn’t hold the lead.

Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Francesco Franco (ITA), Jack Towell (USA), and Quentin Judge (USA) also recorded double clears, but the battle for first and second boiled down to the Frenchman and America’s McLain Ward.

“I would’ve liked to have had one less stride to the third jump,” Ward said about his round on 13-year-old gelding HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire). His time was only .02 seconds slower than Delaveau’s 35.83 seconds.

“This is a great day,” said Delaveau, following his second win of the day. “It would be great if it continues until tomorrow’s Longines Grand Prix class.”

“The second round, with 17 riders to go, we don’t have the choice but to go fast,” he continued. “The design was made in the way that you have to go if you want to win. This was great for my horse because there were some places you needed to gallop to cover the distance but also there were tiny turns, and my horse is very agile. He doesn’t have a big stride, but he’s really fast on the ground.”

“The setting here at the show has evolved, changed,” Delaveau added. “Christophe Ameeuw has again tried to innovate a little bit, and it is always a pleasure to go to an event which is moving forward like this!”

Follow along as Delaveau attempts to upset John Whitaker’s (GBR) quest to win the €500,000 with a win the Longines Grand Prix. The headlining class begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Source: Press release from the Longines Los Angeles Masters

Result:

1. 171 Carinjo HDC Delaveau, Patrice FRA 42900.00 US 0 penalties 35.83 sec
bay 14y.S /Cascavelle/Landgraf I/HOLST/102ON79/ Haras Des Coudrettes winning round
2. 117 HH Carlos Z Ward, McLain USA 26000.00 US 0 penalties 35.85 sec
bay 13y.G /Chellano Z/Voltaire/ZANG/BEL41129/ Double H Farm winning round
3. 114 Lintea Tequila Tops-Alexander, Edwina AUS 19500.00 US 0 penalties 36.30 sec
bay 12y.M /Campbell/Corrado II/HOLST/SLO40109/ Stal Tops B.V. winning round
4. 128 Aragon Z Ahlmann, Christian GER 13000.00 US 0 penalties 37.27 sec
grey 14y.G /Askari/Kolibri/BRAND/NED42664/ Stoeterij Zangersheide winning round
5. 133 Banca Popolare Bari Cassandra Franco, Francesco ITA 7800.00 USD 0 penalties 37.51 sec
grey 11y.M /Cashandcarry/Calato/HOLST/102NX87/ Olgiata Equestrian Di Franco F winning round
6. 143 Emilie de Diamant A S Towell, Jack USA 5850.00 USD 0 penalties 37.74 sec
bay 11y.M /Diamant de Semilly/Flipper D Elle/BWP/102SR34/ Jennifer Gates,Llc winning round
7. 132 HH Whisky Royale Judge, Quentin USA 3900.00 USD 0 penalties 39.26 sec
bay 10y.G /Wonderful van’T Beugelhof/Kannan/ZANG/103QN80/ Double H Farm winning round
8. 104 California Coe, Kirsten USA 3250.00 USD 0 penalties 39.69 sec
grey 11y.M /Cassini I/Galant Vert/HOLST/104DE89/ Ilan Ferder winning round
9. 152 Hello Annie Brash, Scott GBR 2600.00 USD 4 penalties 37.02 sec
bay 11y.M /Contendro I/For Pleasure/HANN/103UQ66/ Lady Pauline Kirkham & Lady Pau winning round
10. 178 Boomerang Maher, Ben GBR 2600.00 USD 4 penalties 38.47 sec
bay 9y./Orlando/Lux/KWPN/103UJ45/ Em Horses winning round

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