El Jadida, last stop!

Simon Delestre wins the main class today in El Jadida
Credit : R&B Presse

Friday 18 October - 21h00 | Press Release

El Jadida, last stop!

Second day of competition in El Jadida, in the frame of one of the most beautiful Horse Show of the world in an exhibition park originally built specially for this event . The conclusion of the Morocco Royal Tour is approaching. While waiting for the final Grand Prix on Sunday, horses and riders are preparing for the indoor season which is coming back with the automn.

Four classes on the program, two 1 * and two 4 *, but also a press conference where the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports (FRMSE) in the presence of the riders of the national team, Abdeslam Bennani Smires, Abdelkebir Ouaddar, Ali Al Ahrach, Leina Benkhraba and El Ghali Boukaa. Team chef Marcel Delestre has in particular commented the Nations Cup in Rabat of last Sunday where his "warriors" were exceptionally brave: "They are great guys. I do not have the words to describe the relationship I have with them. I give them everything I can and they give me everything they have. We missed this Olympic qualification for three small pelnaties points, not even a pole down, only exceeded time. We have shown that we are playing equally well with the best teams. We will continue to work and focus on the World Championships. If we do not go to Tokyo in 2020, I promise you that we will go to Paris in 2024 ".
On the arena, whose courses were designed this week by the "maestro" Uliano Vezzani, mainly preparatory events for the Grand Prix. A Moroccan victory and an Italian one in CSI 1 *: Sami Cherkaoui and Emanuele Gaudiano.
Yesterday, the Saudi Abdullah Alsharbatly caused a big fright when falling and his horse fell back on him. The rider left the track on a stretcher ... to reappear today as a winner! Riding Beau Limit, Alsharbatly easily won the Prix Marjane (1.40 m), a two-phase class.
The main class of the day, the Prix - MAPM / SOREC, a 1.50m course against the clock, has been won by the French and ex-world No. 1 Simon Delestre riding Qopilot Batilly Z, a son of his former top stallion, Qlassic BM, that he still rode a few years ago. A pole position that the French held despite the passage of 64 horses after him!

The circuit  began in Tétouan from October 3rd to the 6th, in the superb installations of the Royal Guard. It is a magnificent site with permanent facilities including grandstands and stables decorated in traditional Moroccan style.
The stage of Rabat, from October 10thto 13th, is held in the facilities of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports,seamlessly organized and featuring exciting night classes such Friday’s 4* Grand Prix. The flagship event will be the Nations Cup, scheduled for Sunday afternoo
The final leg takes place in El Jadida, from October 17-20, runs in indoor and offers a sports program similar to that of Tétouan.There spectators can also experience the largest event dedicated to the equine world in Africa: the Salon du Cheval.

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