Equestrian - Best-ever Delaveau scorches field in HK

Patrice Delaveau enjoyed the best weekend of his career at the first Longines Hong Kong Masters, winning four out of five events he competed in.

Equestrian - Best-ever Delaveau scorches field in HK

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Patrice Delaveau (Sportfot / Longines Hong-Kong masters)

The Frenchman, with the promising Lacrimoso 3 HDC, capped an incredible haul with victory in the coveted Grand Prix, taking home the prize of $700,000 in the process.

And it could have been even better for the 48-year-old after having been edged into second in the Speed Challenge by the slightest of margins.

"I never had such a success at a 5* jumping event," Delaveau said. "It makes me regret even more to have placed second in the Speed Challenge by only a small hundredth of a second.

"Five wins out of five classes, that would have been even more fantastic. I don’t know what happened to me here. I probably had some magic potion in the plane."

Victory did not come on a plate for the pair though, with 15 out of the 28 starters qualifying for the second round.

Ultimately, just four completed double clear rounds - Britain's Michael Whitaker, riding Viking, and another Frenchman, Kevin Staut, riding Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC, completed the podium.

A pair of Dutch riders were close behind: Gerco Schroeder, who secured a clear round with New Orleans, and Marc Houtzager, who clocked the fastest time with Sterrehof’s Tamino but was demoted to fifth due to a downed fence on the first element of the double combination.

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