This first day of the Longines Global Champions tour, in sunny Cannes, was marked by French performances in both CSI 2 and CSI 5.
The 40th edition of Jumping International de Cannes, the 6th leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, kicked off with the 3 CSI 2 trials.
France and Israel for CSI 2
The Marseillaise sounded for the Prix Bord Sol, a two-phase event (1m40), thanks to Inès Joly and her superb mare Faylinn de Fondcombe. A clear round, the fastest in 24"62.
Superb performance by Israeli rider Yali Kass on Izzytimes VDP, who won the Michael Viviani prize (1m25).
In his first appearance at Cannes, Parisian Jauris Tamssom won the Prix GC store (1m15), riding Bobine du Plessis.
France and Spain for CSI 5
The CSI 5 kicked off with two speed events at 1m45. The first, the Prix JW Marriott, run in two phases, was won by France's Jérôme Hurel and his horse Casanova d'Anbel..
With a time of 26''49, Jérôme Hurel was ahead of Dutchman Eric van der Vleuten with Dreamland, who completed the course in 27''11. Portugal's Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida completes the podium with Pegasus Jataki in 28''54.
Then the Prix Da Laura, held at night, confirmed the tenacity of Eduardo Alvarez, associated with the French saddle Orient Batilly, who completed an exceptional course in 60"98.
On the French side, the best performance came from Philippe Rosier, accompanied by Dirty Sweet, 5th (64''37).
And last but not least, the fabulous show by Jean-François Pignon, with his 13 horses, who won over all the spectators in the superb Stade des Hespérides.