Morocco Royal Tour: El Jadida, Last Stop!

Simon Delestre riding Qopilot Batilly Z wins the Gran Prix MAPM/SOREC Simon Delestre riding Qopilot Batilly Z wins the Gran Prix MAPM/SOREC Photo courtesy R&B Presse, Morocco Royal Tour

The conclusion of the Morocco Royal Tour is approaching. While waiting for the final Grand Prix on Sunday, horses and riders are preparing for the indoor season which is coming back with the autumn.

The second day of competition offered four classes, two CSI1 * and two 4 *, as well as a press conference where the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports (FRMSE) in the presence of the riders of the national team, Abdeslam Bennani Smires, Abdelkebir Ouaddar, Ali Al Ahrach, Leina Benkhraba and El Ghali Boukaa. Team chef Marcel Delestre commented on last Sunday's Nations Cup in Rabat  where his "warriors" were exceptionally brave: "They are great guys. I do not have the words to describe the relationship I have with them. I give them everything I can and they give me everything they have. We missed this Olympic qualification for three small penalty points, not even a pole down, only exceeded time. We have shown that we are playing equally well with the best teams and we will continue to work and focus on the World Championships. If we do not go to Tokyo in 2020, I promise you that we will go to Paris in 2024," he said.


The courses were designed this week by the "maestro" Uliano Vezzani, mainly preparatory events for the Grand Prix, saw a Moroccan victory and an Italian one in the CSI 1 *: Sami Cherkaoui and Emanuele Gaudiano. Yesterday, the Saudi Abdullah Alsharbatly caused a big fright when falling and his horse fell back on him. The rider left the track on a stretcher ... to reappear today as a winner! Riding Beau Limit, Alsharbatly easily won the Prix Marjane (1.40 m), a two-phase class. The main class of the day, the Prix - MAPM / SOREC, a 1.50m course against the clock, was won by the French and ex-world #1 Simon Delestre riding Qopilot Batilly Z, a son of his former top stallion, Qlassic BM, that he still rode a few years ago. A pole position that the French held despite the passage of 64 horses after him!

The circuit began in Tétouan on October 3-6 in the superb installations of the Royal Guard. It is a magnificent site with permanent facilities including grandstands and stables decorated in traditional Moroccan style. The second stage of Rabat, October 10-13, was held in the facilities of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports, seamlessly organized and featuring exciting night classes such Friday’s 4* Grand Prix. The final leg takes place in El Jadida, October 17-20, runs in indoor and offers a sports program similar to that of Tétouan. Their spectators can also experience the largest event dedicated to the equine world in Africa: the Salon du Cheval. 

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