The final class of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Vienna, the CSI5* LGT Vienna Masters, was won by Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You). The pair is on sparkling form, and won last weekend's Grand Prix in Lausanne. Second went to Ludger's fellow German Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) and 3rd to Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Clarimo Ask (Clearway x Caletto II). The World No2 was once again all smiles as he accepted his prize and took his lap of honour.
The first round was another tricky course from Frank Rothenberger with difficult distances and awkward lines, but of the 44 starters, 15 jumped clear. Stefan Eder set the pace early on in the jump-off with a fast clear in 45.42s to eventually finishing up 4th. In-form Simon Delestre came close to catching Eder, but it was Hans-Dieter Dreher and Embassy that smashed the time finishing in 43.75s to take the lead. However, Ludger Beerbaum is untouchable at the moment, riding a confident, deceptively fast round with Chaman to take the lead in a time of 42.90s. Second last to go, Bengtsson gave it his best shot, but had to settle for third with his bouncy grey stallion finishing in 44.84s.
Source: Press release from the LGCT
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