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13 › 15 FEBRUARY 2015 AsiaWorld-Expo
Hong Kong - HK 09:00
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Kevin Staut Eyes Off Another Major Masters Title

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TOP French rider Kevin Staut is looking forward to his return to Hong Kong for next month's Longines Hong Kong Masters. 
Staut is in top form at the moment winning last month's Grand Prix at the Gucci Masters in Paris aboard his favourite mare Silvana. 
With a current world ranking of 11 the 33-year-old is now strongly focussed on bringing that success to Hong Kong. 
But he will not be riding Silvana at this show and has instead opted to bring another of his favourites, Estoy Aqui de Muse, the 10-year-old mare he competed on at the event last year. 
"This mare is flying and she did so well last year with a third placing in the Grand Prix so she is my number one horse for the event this year," said Staut. 
Staut cited the importance of the horse proving in 2013 that she had a liking for the challenging Hong Kong environment. 
"She also has the benefit of one year more experience," he said. 
"I hope I make the right selection with my second horse. It will need to be fast horse for the Longines Speed Challenge." 
At the inaugural Longines Hong Kong Masters Staut's countryman Patrice Deleaveau rode in scintillating fashion and almost made it a clean sweep of all the major events.  
"Patrice was in amazing form at the show last year and it gave him a big motivation for the rest of the season." 
As well as being impressed by the success of Deleaveau in the saddle, Staut was also taken aback by the support Hong Kongers showed for all the riders during the competition. 
"I could not believe that the event  was as popular as it was in only its first year." 
"It was incredible advertising for the sport and we all have to fight for the promotion of our sport especially in Asia which will be such a big market in future years," he said. 
Staut is one of headline acts on the list of riders that will compete at next month's Longines Hong Kong Masters. Fellow Frenchman and current European Champion Roger Yves Bost is also set to compete. 

Photo Crédit: Franck FIFE/Ecuries Ecaussinnes
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