The Morocco Royal Tour concluded on Sunday with a double Italian triumph in the Grand Prix of His Majesty Mohammed VI. Roberto Turchetto won, thirty-two small hundredths faster than the "veteran" Natale Chiaudani after a tough battle.
The final Grand Prix of the Morocco Royal Tour had it all: An enthusiastic audience, lots of stadium atmosphere that demonstrated the passion that Moroccans have for horses and a passion also to be seen with the outstanding quality of the facilities built for the Horse Show of El Jadida and desired by His Majesty King Mohammed VI with perfect arena and footing.
The Grand Prix counted twelve finalists, eight nations and four continents. The most represented nation was Italy with three riders, and over courses built by an Italian course designer, Roberto Turchetto on Baron (Colman x Numero Uno) and Natale Chiaudani on Chopard (Rascin x Concorde) signed two of the only three clear rounds in the second round.
"I love this place," said the winner. This is the third time I have come and the second time I have won the Grand Prix here in El Jadida. And I promise you that if I have the horse for that, I will definitely be back here next year. Today, the courses were particularly difficult as we have seen, very technical, difficulties spread over all the fences and you had to be vigilant at all times, but there were still twelve without fault. Then, to win, you had to really tighten all the turns.”
The young Swiss rider Elian Baumann, riding Campari Z (Contact vd Heffinck x Platini M), completed this podium.