The CSI5* Maybourne Hotel Group Cup was won by legendary horseman Beat Mändi with Antares F (Araconit x Cento) who set the field alight from near the very start of the 21-horse jump-off with a time of 31.67s. In second was fellow Suisse Jane Richard Philips with Quister de Guldenboom (Kannan x Eyken Des Fontenis) in a time of 32.15s and third went to home rider Robert Whitaker and Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) in a time 32.25s. Despite testing weather conditions the class was a fast and furious battle of the best, as the riders fought for the majority share of €60,000.
There was a stellar line-up of talent in the first round which featured the World's Top 18 riders in a rare coming together of the best showjumpers in the world. The handsome Maybourne Hotel Group fence was the first obstacle on the course built by Italy's Uliano Vezzani. The class saw 62 starters take on the challenge set and it was a testament to the level of talent present that the jump-off totalled 21 riders.
Mändli set the pace early but always looked like he might be beaten, however his deceptively fast time forced those that followed him into making errors. The jump-off was incredibly close with the top ten placed riders all finishing within two seconds of each other. The oneupmanship as riders chased the leading time drew cheers from the crowd as each one galloped for the finish line. As the riders entered the arena for the prize giving, clearly pleased with himself, Mändli's mount Antares danced beneath his rider as the Swiss national anthem rung out.
Source: Press release from Longines Global Champions Tour.
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