French star Pénélope Leprevost won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes
Home favourite Pénélope Leprevost was yesterday night (Saturday 13 June) the queen of Cannes, with her ten year old bay mare Ratina d'la Rousserie.
Pénélope's young fans were ecstatic as she powered across the finish line in 36.86 seconds riding Ratina d’la Rousserie , almost a full second ahead of Swedish champion Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on the extraordinary 16 year old stallion Casall Ask. Luciana Diniz has extended her lead in the ranking after finishing third on Fit For Fun. Luciana is now on 160 points, a full 50 points ahead of her nearest rival Pius Schwizer on 110 points and Scott Brash on 105 points. Pius, riding Armani The Gun, retired in the Grand Prix and Scott uncharacteristically finished on 8 faults in the first round on Hello M’Lady. Rolf has jumped up the ranking from 10th to 4th place and is on 99 points putting him in serious contention for the championship. This is the second Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Pénélope Leprevost has won in her career, her first being in Vienna in 2012. She claims the full 40 points from the sixth leg of the Tour, and moves up to twenty-sixth in the rankings. Luciana Diniz maintains her lead on the overall championship ranking board, fifty points clear of second place man Pius Schwizer (SUI), with Scott Brash (GBR) just five points behind making the top three.
Pénélope Leprevost: "Ratina is a 10 year-old, freshly arrived at the top level. It’s her fourth Grand Prix, and she went double clear last week in Saint Tropez. She was not supposed to come to the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes but we had to change our plans and I decided to bring her with me here. It would have been a shame not to take her! It’s the first time I tried to be really quick with Ratina. She is quite hot so I usually try to calm things down with her and ride her quietly, but this has broken all that careful work!"