Daniel Bluman made history when posting Israel’s first-ever victory in the €400,000 Rolex Grand Prix at CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena today. From a starting field of 44 horse-and-rider combinations, the 29-year-old rider was one of only four to jump clear in the first round. And with the fastest zero score in round two he carved his name onto the prestigious Roll of Honour that dates all the way back to 1926, thanks to a brilliant performance from his 11-year-old gelding, Ladriano Z.
Ph. Simone Ferraro / CONI
Last into the ring, Ireland’s Cian O’Connor had to settle for runner-up spot with Irenice Horta when more than a second slower, while Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts finished third with H&M Extra when also double-clear, but another second off the winning time of 39.47 seconds. read more
Cristofoletti wins Tender Capital Accumulator as final day gets underway
The last day of CSIO Rome 2019 began with an early-morning victory for Italy’s Michael Cristofoletti and the grey mare SIG Debalia in the Tender Capital Stable Accumulator.
Ph. Fise / M. Grassia
The threat of rain led to the decision to transfer this competition to the Gallopatoio in order to conserve the beautiful grass ring at Piazza di Siena for today’s feature event, the €400,000 Rolex Grand Prix. So with sand under their feet the horses could gallop with all their might, although the final joker fence ensured it would take scope as well as speed to win this one. read more
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