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High speed victory for Roger-Yves Bost as the Frenchman praises his “very fast” horse Castle Forbes Vivaldo
French rider Roger-Yves Bost delighted the crowds with a top speed win and a characteristically big smile as he claimed victory in the GCT CSI 5* International in Spain.
“Bosty” lit up the competition with a stunningly quick round in the 1.50m class setting a time of 60.89 on his bay stallion Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het.
After the prize giving lap of honour Roger-Yves said: “He is a very fast horse and I’m very pleased. We won a lot of classes at 1.50. I’m also pleased because I changed plans and decided to ride him in this class.” It was a repeat of his display of acceleration and daring riding at one of the opening classes at the first GCT of 2012 in Doha, Qatar, last month.
The cracking pace of the winning round in Spain was considerably ahead of the competition.
Swiss rider Steve Guerdat finished second in 63.57 on his powerful chestnut Ferrari.
Steve praised Roger-Yves’ performance and said of his own second place: “I didn’t have a perfect round, but I have a very fast horse.”
With the course bathed in sunlight, British rider Nick Skelton was a strong challenger for the podium and finished third on 63.98 on Unique.
On a balmy evening on the Mediterranean coast of Spain there were some impressive rounds by the world’s best. Simon Delestre, Marco Kutscher, Penelope Leprevost, Cindy
van der Straten-Marie and Kamal Bahamdam all clocked up solid rounds.
The build up to the GCT Grand Prix Banco Sabadell Trophy on Saturday evening is well underway. And for many of the top riders the road to the London Olympics has already started. A significant number of the horses at the GCT in Spain are well and truly locked into their preparations for the forthcoming 2012 Games. It means the world’s premier show jumping series, with the richest prize money in the sport, is being closely watched by the chefs d’equipe of the national teams.