Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson win the CSI4* Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping

Stories with lots of unexpected developments have been frequent at the Hubside Jumping this season. After the double victories the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten and Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels, it was the turn of Great Britain's Scott Brash to win a second CSI4* Grand Prix in 2020 in Grimaud, France.

However, the British rider already had a head start on his rivals in terms of victories: He also won a CSI2* Grand Prix this year as well as a CSI4* Grand Prix last year! Before the competition started, the commentator had already informed the spectators onsite that the Hubside Jumping’s 4* Gran Prix was very similar to a 5* Grand Prix. Indeed Andrea Colombo, the Italian course designer, had done his homework about the line-up of entrants and the quality of those competing before building his course: Eight of the forty-six riders qualfied found the key to the first round - perfect! Simon Delestre, one of the two French riders qualified for this second round against the clock, was first to go in the jump-off, with his fast and experienced Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto II).

The combination from Lorraine jumped double clear, at a good pace in 40.82 seconds. However, Emanuele Gaudiano and his unique Chalou (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) were also doubl clear and faster than the French rider in 40.53 seconds. Belgium’s Pieter Devos, who was third to go on Jade vd Bisscop (Ogano Si x Grannus) didn’t have any poles down but wasn’t as quick with his 41.15 seconds. Germany’s Daniel Deusser, the world number three, was less lucky than the previous riders and had four faults, with Casallvano (Casall x Gestion Silvano N). Scott Brash, the fifth rider to go in this jump-off with Hello Jeerson (Cooper Vd Henck x Irco Mena) – perhaps the most exciting one that the Hubside Jumping had offered its spectators this year – relegated the provisional leader Gaudiano to the second place: The world number ten jumped clear and was forty hundredths of a second faster. 


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