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FEI Classics™: First CCI4* win for young French star Livio


Winners Maxime LIVIO FRA riding QALAO DES MERS (Photo Trevor Holt/FEI)

Maxime Livio (FRA) riding Qalao Des Mers in the Cross Country phase of the 2016 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI four star horse trials

Michael Jung (GER) riding FIscherrocana FST in the dressage phase of the CIC **** competition of Les Etoiles De Pau 2016 (Photo Trevor Holt/FEI)

Michael Jung (GER) riding Fischerrocana FST in the Cross Country phase of the 2016 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI four star horse trials

Michael Jung (GER) riding FIschertakinou in show jumping phase
By Catherine Austen

To the delight of the French crowd, Maxime Livio (FRA) scored his first CCI4* victory by jumping clear on Qalao Des Mers at Les  Etoiles de Pau, the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2016/17, to finish on just his Dressage score of 45.3.

Michael Jung (GER), the 2016 and 2012 individual Olympic gold medalist, held the lead after Cross Country on FischerRocana FST, his 2015 and 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winner. But Jung lowered two fences on the 11-year-old mare, moving down to third place, and handed the win to Livio.

Jung also finished second to Livio on FischerTakinou, having knocked one fence down on the nine-year-old on whom he won individual and team gold medals at the 2015 FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle (GBR). “It is always disappointing to have a fence down, but I am happy with both my horses,” he said.

Nicola Wilson (GBR) took fourth place with One Two Many, slipping from third place after knocking two show jumps down. Her fellow British rider, CCI4* first-timer Alexander Bragg, finished fifth on Zagreb after a faultless jumping round – one of just seven in the competition.

Camilla Speirs (IRL) was delighted with her Rio Olympics partner Portersize Just A Jiff – the pair rose from 32nd after Dressage to take sixth place with a double clear round in the cross country and jumping phases.

New Zealand’s Jock Paget finished seventh after picking up eight jumping faults with Clifton Signature, while Nicola Wilson filled a second top-10 spot with Annie Clover in eighth.

Thirty-five riders contested the final Jumping phase over a track, designed by Yann Royant (FRA) that was considered to be one of the biggest seen at CCI4* level this season.

1 Maxime Livio/Qalao des Mers (FRA) 45.3 + 0 + 0 = 45.3
2 Michael Jung/FischerTakinou (GER) 39.3 + 8.8 + 4 = 52.1
3 Michael Jung/FischerRocana FST (GER) 43.8 + 0.4 + 8 = 52.2
4 Nicola Wilson/One Two Many (GBR) 43.6 + 2.8 + 8 = 54.4
5 Alexander Bragg/Zagreb (GBR) 43.0 + 12.4 + 0 = 55.4
6 Camilla Speirs/Portersize Just A Jiff (IRL) 54.1 + 1.6 + 0 = 55.7
7 Jock Paget/Clifton Signature (NZL) 44.0 + 4.0 + 8 = 56.0
8 Nicola Wilson/Annie Clover (GBR) 54.1 + 2 + 0 = 56.1
9 Tina Cook/Billy The Red (GBR) 48.7 + 3.6 + 4 = 56.3
10 Karim Florent Laghouag/Punch De L’Esques (FRA) 55.7 + 0.8 + 0 = 56.5

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