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Rome Piazza di Siena – Master D’Inzeo CSIO

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 28.05.2018, 08:37 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] The 86th edition of the Rome Piazza di Siena – Master D’Inzeo CSIO came to the end yesterday. It was not only a great sporting event, but a truly important international occasion for Rome. All the best ingredients were there added to the unique beauty of the location hosting the event. There has been an enormous joint organizing effort put in place by the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Italian Equestrian

Federation. Winning in Rome is obviously very special for every rider and the emotions get so much deeper. Lorenzo de Luca, captain ‘in pectore’ thanks to his position high in the ranking for international riders for over a year, brought CSIO Rome - Masters d’Inzeo 2018 to the perfect conclusion at Piazza di Siena yesterday when clinching victory for the host nation in the Rolex Grand Prix. It’s been 24 years since the last Italian rider, Arnaldo Bologni, held the coveted trophy aloft, and the crowd went wild with excitement when de Luca steered Halifax van het Kluizebos through the timers to clinch it in the 13-horse jump-off.

The result also marked the twelfth time for Italy to win both the Nations Cup and Grand Prix in the 86-year history of CSIO Rome. The last time this happened was in 1976 when the team consisted of the legendary Piero and Raimondo d’Inzeo, Graziano Mancinelli and Vittorio Orlandi, and it was Piero who claimed the Grand Prix title with Easter Light. Fourth-last to go against the clock today, 31-year-old de Luca, who is from Puglia in the south of Italy, had a tense wait after setting the target-time at 45.37 seconds.

However when Portugal’s Luciana Diniz took her foot off the gas after lowering two fences with Fit for Fun and Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander opted for a careful clear round with Inca Boy van t’Vianahof then he only had to worry about the final competitor, Bertram Allen. Yesterday’s hero was Lorenzo de Luca who goes into the CSIO Roll of Honour as the 23rd Italian winner of this most prestigious title which dates all the way back to 1926. The Carousel 4th mounted Carabinieri Regiment , an unique show, closed the event. Ride is considered the most exiting one, with its final charge in which the two galloping squadrons raise their swords, a recollection of the Carabinieri’s historical charge at Pastrengo (April 30th, 1848).

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