Second last to go in a 14 strong jump-off, young French rider Edward Levy won Friday night's Masters One CENECA / Salon du Cheval de Paris at the Longines Masters of Paris.This was the Norman's (based in Haras de Lecaude) ninth international victory with his very swift mare Rebeca LS. Their very fast double clear in 34’’38 was enough to pip to the post the Netherland's experienced pair of Maikel van der Vleuten and Verdi TN, previous leaders in 34’’50. Third spot went to Brazil's Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, on top form with Koddac van het Indihof in 34’’64.
"I am extremely pleased to have won. We came here with Haras de Lécaude with a plan. We had done several shows to get the horses ready for the Longines Masters of Paris. With such a good start, we feel we've done a good job", he said. "Now I'll keep my feet on the ground and concentrate on Sunday's Grand Prix", he added. He will ride Rebeca LS again. "Rebeca is an amazing mare because she jumps with the most extreme ease. When leaving the ground, she already has it all figured out. This is something you can only feel when riding her. She's a fighter, a winner. She whinnies when she enters the arena and she looks all around her. She wants to show she's here. She's a true champion" praised Edward Levy who, as a member of the Riders Lab (a selection of upcoming talents supported by EEM, organizer of the Longines Masters Series), was invited to take part in the 5* competitions of the Longines Masters Series with the very best riders in the world.
The home side performed well in this 1.55m class with Roger-Yves Bost in fourth with Sangria du Coty (0/0/36’’12) and Pénélope Leprévost sixth on Vancouver de Lanlore (0/4/36’’73). Reigning European champion and reserve World champion Martin Fuchs (Switzerland) takes fifth place with The Sinner (0/0/36’’16).