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Bernardo best in Doha

Friday, 18 March 2011

Bernardo Alves and Kingly du Reverdy win in Doha. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.The GCT in Doha continued tonight with Brazil’s Bernardo Alves winning the 1.45/1.50 class aboard the 13 year old Kingly du Reverdy (Adelfos x Quito de Baussy). With a double clear and a time of 41.49 in the jump-off, Bernardo beat world’s nr. seven Billy Twomey and Je t’Aime Flamenco with only 0.12 seconds. Third was Dutch rider Jeroen Dubbeldam and BMC van Grunsven Simon. The fastest time in the class belonged to Christian Ahlmann and Sebastian 89, but they had a fence down on their way.

There were only five double clears, but a total of 15 out of 48 riders made it to the jump-off.

“I only have one horse here as my mare Bridget hurt herself at home. Kingly is always very fast in the speed classes but this was big and heavy for him.” said the shy Brazilian.

The beautiful GCT trophy. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.New for this year’s GCT is that the 60 CSI 5 riders are competing for the newest trophy for the Global Champions Tour. The commissioned trophy is truly a work of art, a handmade sculpture by French artist Francois Larrat.

Smaller versions of the original have been cast and will be awarded to the overall winner of the Global Champions Tour, however should one lucky rider win three Global Champions Tours; they will be presented with the original trophy itself.


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