Romain Duget of Switzerland continued to prove that his partnership with Quorida de Treho is top when he won the €200,000 Longines Grand Prix of St. Gallen CSI5* on Sunday afternoon in Switzerland.
The French-born rider who is now based in, and represents Switzerland turned heads in April when he won the Hermès Grand Prix at Le Saut Hermès in Paris with his 11-year-old chestnut mare (Kannan x Tolbiac des Forets), and yesterday’s win over a sprawling track on the beautiful grass field at St. Gallen proved that Quorida de Treho is a true top contender on the international scene.
Duget finished ahead of World Cup champion Steve Guerdat and his Olympic partner Nino Des Bouissonnets (Kannan x Narcos) with a Round 2 time of 46.48 seconds over Guerdat’s 47.25 seconds. It was a much better result for Guerdat, who retired in last week’s Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSI5* with his veteran partner after trouble at the water. Darragh Kenny of Ireland finished in 3rd on another double clear with his developing partner Sans Souci Z, in what is their biggest finish to date. It seems that Kenny, who just began riding the 12-year-old chestnut Zangersheide gelding (Surrealist x Paradijs) this year in Florida, has another exciting international partner to add to this string.
Indeed it was a day of double clears at St. Gallen, with the top seven riders all completing both 1.60m rounds without fault. Great Britain’s Jessica Mendoza was 4th with Spirit T, and Janika Sprunger rounded out the top 5 aboard Bonne Chance Cw. Find full results of the Longines Grand Prix at this link.