Turkey's Ömer Karaevli and the 11-year-old mare Rabane de Sury (Damiro x Oberon du Moulin) notched up the first win of the week in Hamburg after a fantastic 1.40 speed class that set the scene for the second European leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano was first to go with the 9-year-old stallion Cascadeur 31 (Converter x Grosse Liebe II), and opened up the class with a usual fast round setting the pace for the 57 strong field of world class riders yet to follow. His time of 62.03s was immediately surpassed by the next man to go Ömer Karaevli, who was the only rider to break the 60 second barrier crossing the line in an impressive 59.97s.
The arena and course lent itself to a long galloping run around the vast grass arena, with the opening show of the weekend a great chance for horses and riders to explore the ring. The Turkish and the Italian riders went head to head early on, and left the rest of the riders playing for top places. Columbia’s Daniel Bluman shook up the order sliding into third place after a stunning round with Sancha LS (Chin Chin x Polydor), however the top two prevailed holding their position from top of the order to bottom.
Source: Press release from LGCT / Picture © Stefano Grasso/LGCT
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