The Julien Epaillard Rocket in Orbit

© Ljuba Buzzola for HUBSIDE JUMPING.

First big event for this new CSI 5* of HUBSIDE JUMPING, first victory for this regular at the awards ceremony in Grimaud! The Frenchman Julien Epaillard wins in the 150cm event, at the controls of Alibi de la Roque. With almost two seconds in advance, he is ahead of another Habs, the Olympic team champion Roger-Yves Bost, in the saddle on Castleforbes Talitha, and the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, in the saddle on Icarus.

“I am very happy, especially since Alibi de la Roque had never been to HUBSIDE JUMPING before. Having him compete in this night-time event was a bit of a test to know if I launched him on Saturday in the Grand Prix. If he was a little staring at the start of the lap, he then finished very well; it didn’t seem to bother him too much! Tomorrow he will therefore rest before doing the Grand Prix Saturday. It is a horse that really had a long vacation during confinement and then resumed competition with Michel Hécart in 1.30m events. I then took him out to Opglabbeek and Lier to get him back on the road, competition on which he turned well. It’s really great to be able to enjoy this place in France, in such conditions: it’s magnificent. For us, it’s a real chance to have someone like Sadri Fegaier who offers us so many weeks of competitions with incredible quality. It allows us to continue to exercise our profession. despite a very complicated period. We can only say thank you.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

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