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The Dutch strike out even at the Tamoil prize

The Dutch riders rule out the second competition day at the challenge Vincenzo Muccioli in San Patrignano: they won all of the three classes in program, thus respecting the eve forecasts which listed them among the top favourites in this event together with the Belgian and Swiss riders. And so, after the afternoon successes both achieved by Van der Vleuten, considered one of the fastest riders in the whole international circuit, Piet Raymekers won at night the Tamoil prize, a two-phases-class with fences of 1,45.
Raymakers, who belongs in the history of Dutch horse-riding - silver individual medallist and gold team medallist at Barcelona olympic games in 1992 -, exploited as good as possible the advantage of being the third-last in the starting list and therefore knowing times and penalties of his competitors. Aboard his van Schjndel he could carry out a most fast and aggressive on the fances round, which allowed him in the end to overcome by only 20 cents of a second his fellow countryman Yves Houtackers on Gianni G, up to that moment leader of the class. The third place went to the american lady-rider Laura Linback on Remeber Me; the fourth to the winner of the 2001 edition of this prize, the Belgian Mathy Jnr; the fifth to the French Michel Hecart.

And now everybody's attention focuses on the important last competition day, peculiarly on the Infostrada Grand Prix starting today at 21.30. This class will give insights on the condition of importaint pairs both from the Italian show-jumping scene as well as from the internationa one, in a moment when the world championship in Jerez is only 50 days away


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