Classic Winner Coroebus Fatally Injured in Paris while Dettori Annoys Germans. Piggy March Wins First Burghley

We have to report that sadly, in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp, this year’s classic winning Coroebus broke a leg during the race and was put down. Frankie Dettori fell foul of the German whip rules in Baden Baden. At Burghley in the UK, the horse trials keep the eventing community busy for one of the world five star events where Piggy March took her first Burghley title. In Rome, the thirteenth round of the Longines Global Champions Tour was staged.

Group 1 Racing

There were a couple of Group 1 races of note. The first was at Haydock Park where there were 12 runners for the six furlong sprint, The Haydock Sprint. The winner was Minzaal ridden by Jim Crowley for trainer Owen Burrows. Owen Burrows had always thought a lot of this horse but the horse is rather prone to injury. The four year old only ran a couple of time as a three year old last year being placed in Group 1 races as well as winning a Group race at two.

William Buick rider of Caroebus who was fatally injured but luckily Buick was OK.

At Paris Longchamp in France, the French brigade were still left waiting for a home success after Ed Walker from Great Britain took the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp over 1 mile on good to soft ground with Dreamloper with Kiaran Shoemark in the saddle. He won comfortably by 5 lengths from Order of Australia ridden by Ryan Moore and trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien. The French trained Revenant was third for H.F Gaffard. There were 9 runners. Sadly this race ended with the English Two Thousand Guineas winner and favourite Coroebus having to be humanely destroyed after stumbling and falling. The horse was ridden in the rear by William Buick and as he angled to come for a late run, he stumbled, fell with a broken leg.

In Baden Baden, Germany, one of their top Group 1 races took place over 1 ½ miles. The Wettstar Grosser Peise Von Baden Baden. This was won by Mendocino trained in Germany by Sarah Steinberg. The horse was ridden by Rene Piechulek and won by a head from last year’s Arc winner, Torquator Tasso ridden by Frankie Dettori. In his efforts to win the race, Dettori was handed an enforced holiday for over use of the whip for 14 days. There were only four runners. Germany has much stricter rules over the use of the whip than other European countries. A jockey is allowed only to use the whip five times and only on the shoulder. Any whip use on the hind quarters is illegal for jockeys riding in Germany.

Eventing

Piggy French took her fisrt Burghley Title. (image from Badminton courtesy Goldeneye Photograhy)

Unfortunately, Horseview have little to say on the Burghley Horse Trials as we were refused press accreditation. They say proudly on their web site that they ‘ the best horse trials in the world’. We would beg to differ. Not only did they not give Horseview any accreditation, which really pisses us off – There were only 52 starters for the dressage. The cross country course was tough as 21 horses either retired or were eliminated. The time was particularly tight, and some would argue was too tight. The event was won by Piggy March riding Vamir Kamira with a final total of 27 penalties for the first time. The pair had a nearly faultless cross country round with just 0.4 of a time faults as they were just outside the time allowed of 11 minutes 20 seconds to complete the 27 jumps. They collected 4 faults in the show jumping giving them their final score. They were well ahead of Tom Jackson riding Capels Hollow Drift who finished in second on 32.5 penalties. Tim Price riding Vital was third with 38.5 penalties.

Showjumping

In Rome, Longines continued with their Global Champions Tour. Thirty four combinations took to the arena for the 1.60m Rome Grand Prix. The course designed by Uliano Vezzani from Italy gave the riders a twisty narrow 16 jumping effort course with a time allowed of 84 seconds. Twelve nations were represented and twelve riders went clear in the first round and through to the jump off. Eight of those completed a double clear round – so once again the clock determined the final order of finishing. Christian Kukuk from Germany riding Mumbai won with 42.68 seconds. He was ahead of Great Britain’s Ben Maher riding Faltic HB in 43.35 seconds who finished in second.

Ben Maher continues up the Leader Board

Although Maher came after the German, he was unable to beat the time on Faltic. The third place went to Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil riding Like a Diamond Van Het Schaeck in 43.62 seconds. The combination were the first to go in the jump off and held the lead for most of it. His ride from the front was an excellent effort but not quite good enough to win. The current Tour Champion before this thirteenth round of the Tour, Christian Ahlmann collected 4 faults in the first round. With just two rounds to go, Ahlmann retained his position at the top with 238 points, but only just with Ben Maher now in second taking the spot with 232 points replacing Pieter Devos who dropped to third on the leader board. With 40 points awarded to the top rider for each of the Tours, the final two rounds will be very close and the leader board could easily change dramatically before the end of the Longines Global Champions Tours.

In the main showjumping Grand Prix across the pond in the United States at Bridgehampton and their ‘Classic Show’, the time allowed for the 17 jumping effort course was 82 seconds. There were nine clear rounds in the first round and five clears in the jump off. The winner was Carl Cook riding Kalink Van’t Zorgvliet in 36.71 seconds for the United States. The second went to Daniel Bluman riding for Israel in 36.93 seconds riding Gemma W and third was another from the United States – Katie Dinan riding Brego R’n’B in 38.32 seconds.

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