A repeat of the feat in the five-year-old final as the first starter in the jump-off of the six-year-old class immediately soared to a quick clear round. As a result, Alex Gill and the Zirocco Blue VDL-son Lacoste VDL seized the bronze medal. 

Lacoste VDL (Zirocco Blue VDL out of Uzamieke VDL ster pref prest by Indoctro) bred and owned by VDL Stud out of the same mare that produced the KWPN-approved stallion Bugatti VDL (s.Silverstone) delivered an excellent round. Ridden by VDL Stud’s stable Alex David Gill, the grey gelding effortlessly sped to a clear round in the jump-off of 14 combinations. Their time proved tough to beat. “It is not easy to be the first to enter the ring in a jump-off, but Lacoste handled it very well and we got into the flow. Last year, he qualified for the final for five-year-old horses with James Billington after which I took over the reins. He is a very clever, quick, and careful horse. It’s amazing we have picked up a medal here”, responds the rider that rode another horse of VDL Stud in the jump-off. Aboard Blom Cup champion VDL Lightfeet (Arezzo VDL out of Horsinaa keur sport-spr by Indoctro, bred by Geert van der Meer) the turn to the combination was not optimal and the ensuing four faults resulted in the ninth place overall. “They are two incredibly good six-year-olds, however Lightfeet is still quite inexperienced and that costs us a better result in the jump-off. But I am sure they are two top horses for the future.”


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