Julien Epaillard Conquers the Small Grand Prix at Jumping Verona, De Luca Takes Second Place
Ben Maher completes the podium
The lightning-fast French rider Julien Epaillard continued his success at Jumping Verona 2023. After Friday’s victory in Prize No. 2 presented by Banca Passadore, where he rode Hoover, today the 43-year-old Frenchman astonished again, triumphing with Cancun Torel Z in the Small Grand Prix, Prize No. 5 presented by Crivelli, a 1.55m winning round with two rounds.
The day opened with the brilliant performance of Lorenzo De Luca and F One Usa, who set the best time in 37.03 seconds. With incredible precision, the ‘flying Frenchman’ tackled the decisive course with Cancun Torel Z, clocking an incredible 36.78 seconds and beating the Italian by only 25 hundredths of a second.
Despite De Luca’s determined effort, the French maestro once again demonstrated his extraordinary skill and speed, confirming himself as a formidable opponent in this high-level competition. The third step of the podium was claimed by the British rider Ben Maher, individual Olympic champion in Tokyo 2021, riding Enjeu de Grisien with a time of 37.55 seconds.
Currently in 7th place in the FEI ranking and in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup 2023-2024 standings, of which Verona is the only Italian leg, Epaillard has once again showcased his competitiveness. This is only his second participation in this prestigious CSI5*-W, but he has already made his mark.
The Small Grand Prix, with an impressive prize pool of 100,000 euros, confirmed the level of this leg of the FEI World Circuit. The magic and energy of the competitions at Jumping Verona continue to captivate the attention of riding enthusiasts, creating a perfect backdrop for the great protagonists of this sport.
The riders now prepare for new challenges and exciting moments in tomorrow’s World Cup leg at Jumping Verona 2023.
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