Kristy Oatley & Du Soleil Set New Australian Record Score to Capture Budapest World Cup Grand Prix
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PILISJÁSZFALU, Hungary, May 3, 2019–Kristy Oatley rode Du Soleil to an Australian record Grand Prix score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Friday and the pair now hold all three Big Tour records for an Aussie rider.
In the pair’s first competition of 2019, Kristy and the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 73.913% for the victory. The previous high Grand Prix score for an Australian had been held by her cousin, Lyndal Oatley on Sandro Boy with 72.800% set in 2015.
“Düse is absolutely amazing,” Kristy declared after the ride. “He’s getting better like a good bottle of wine.”
The Germany-based Kristy and Du Soleil already held the records for the Grand Prix Special, 74.605% recorded at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last September to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the Freestyle record of 79.330% posted at Salzburg, Austria in December, 2018 to establish records in back-to-back appearances.
Her goal for the rest of the year , she said, is to combine competitions with her daughter, Rose, 12 years old and competing ponies.
Russia’s Regina Isachkina on Sun of May Life that competed at last month’s World Cup Final on the 10-year-old Rhinelander stallion’s first year at Big Tour placed second on 71.261%.
Morgan Barbançon Mestre of France on Bolero was third on 71.130%.
The CDI3* Grand Prix was won by Germany’s Uwe Schwanz on Fabious on a score of 70.717% with Alexandre Ayache of France on Zo What second on 68.870% and Austria’s Diana Porsche on Di Sandro OLD third on 68.609%.