Sunshine tour: Marcelo Chirico with QH Baloudarc LF from Uruguay, wins today’s Gran Prix and Tokyo, 2021 Olympic qualifier


CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

Two Irish riders Billy Twomey with Chat Botte E. D. and Anthony Condon with SFS Vincomte completed the Podium.

The Uruguayan rider, Marcelo Chirico with the Baloubet de Rouet bred, QH Baloudarc LF (Dam sire; Nonstop) were unbeatable in the GP today; a Longines Ranking class and qualifier for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  The top four riders all finished in just over 39 seconds.  The winner’s time was a mere 39.21sec and they went early on in the jump off, setting a solid challenge to those that followed.  Despite many a brave attempt, no combination managed to beat this time with a clear round.  This class was the highlight of the week’s jumping here at Montenmedio and there were 42 entries.  The class was held on grass in the David Broome arena with the course designed by the 4* designer, Javier Trenor.

Irish riders took second and third places with Billy Twomey very close to the winner’s time with the Casall bred stallion, Chat Botte ED (DS; Darco).  Their time was 39.28sec giving them second place and finishing off a great set of results here at the Autumn Tour so far.  Anthony Condon with SFS Vincomte (Veni Vidi Vici x Magic Darco) took third place in 39.72 seconds.

John Whitaker (GB) who is a legend in showjumping also had a super round today taking 4th place in just 0.07 of a second behind the Irish rider.  He was riding Unick Du Francport who is by Zandor and out of a Helio de la Cour II mare.

There were four other classes today.

Spanish rider Laura Roquet with Sandi Puigroq, were the winners of the 1.40m, held in the Milton arena.  Second was the Portuguese rider Luis Sabino Gonçalvez with Biloba des Chanes and third was the German rider David Will on Never Walk Alone.

There was another Spanish win in the 1.35m, Medium Class A, from Jesús Garmendia and Llain de Llamosas.  This was a two phase class held on grass. and this pair finished on 21.33sec beating the American rider Julie Welles, who has already been in the top three in this class three times this Tour and now has been second twice this week all with Charming Fellow Z. The Spanish rider Ainhoa Manero was third with Bellefleur PS Z.


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