Roger-Yves Bost and Ideal de la Loge (Dollar du Murier x Joyau d’Or) left the rest of their competitors breathing in surface that must have smelled like burnt rubber after a lightning fast round in Abu Dhabi tonight! A lot was at stake in the last leg of the Global Champions Tour, and tension was visible among the riders with the prestige, glory and a money at display for all that participated. No less than eight riders produced two clears to proceed to the jump-off; Cassio Rivetti on Cian O’Connor’s former ride Temple Road (Antaeus x Graf Dagobert), in-form Clarissa Crotta on Westside van het Meerputhoeve (Baloubet Du Rouet x Apollonios), European Champion Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I), young and talented Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I), Alvaro de Miranda on AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan (Drosselklang x Ashleigh Brigadier), the experienced Roger-Yves Bost on Ideal de la Loge, Leopold van Asten on VDL Groep Quinara (Quinar x Carthago) and crowd pleaser Khaled Al Eid on the amazing Presley Boy (Concorde x Damiro).
Judy-Ann Melchior and Athina Onassis de Miranda must also be mentioned after riding some impressing rounds; the two female riders only had time penalties added to their scores on Cha Cha Z (Carthago Z x Beach Boy) and AD Crosshill (Calido x Lasino), while six of the riders were unlucky to have a fence down in one of the two rounds – Patrice Delaveau being the fastest four faulter on the incredible French mare Ornella Mail (Landos x Alligator Fontaine).
Unexpected things happened for the two favorites who fought for the overall GCT title. Ludger Beerbaum was very unlucky when the 12 year old stallion Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love you) looked like he came out of balance and took down the b and c-elements in the triple combination midway around the track – with the consequence that Ludger retired. Edwina Alexander could due to Ludger’s performance enter the ring with nothing to lose; she was already the overall winner. Uncharacteristically Cevo Itot du Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A) had two fences down at the oxers at fence five and 10b.
The jump-off was bound to be fast, but no one could have been prepared for the race that unfolded in Abu Dhabi. Six of the eight riders produced clears yet again, and they were all fast. The firs clear came from Clarissa who rode a fast but controlled round on her chestnut gelding on 49.92. Rolf followed, and left little doubt that he wanted to put pressure on the other riders. The Swedish rider took some tight turns to the verticals and raced down to the last oxer literarily flying over it to cross the finish line on 43.68 on Casall La Silla. Maikel van der Vleuten produced a great round, but was slightly slower than Rolf and ended up 0.86 seconds behind.
Doda then entered the ring, and AD Asleigh Drossel Dan started off with a buck – as giving a signal of what was to come. Miraculously the Brazilian rider cut the angels to the fences even more than Rolf and encouraged by the crowds he put his grey gelding in top gear to the last oxer shaving off 1.08 seconds on Rolf’s time!
Roger-Yves Bost is no novice, and knows how to win. With his long-term partner Ideal de la Loge he set off determined. The French rider’s turns were as tight as can be, and when Bosty turned inside to the last oxer he sealed the other riders’ faiths – his time was as good as 41.14, which was an unbelievable 1.06 seconds faster than Doda’s time. It looked unbeatable and it was!
Closest came crowd pleaser Khaled Al Eid on the fantastic Presley Boy. The stallion jumps amazing, and all though Khaled went flat out to the last oxer he could not do anything about Bosty and ended up second on 42.08 – something he seemed more than pleased about.
1. Roger-Yves Bost/Ideal de la Loge 0/0/0 – 41.14
2. Khaled Al Eid/Presley Boy 0/0/0 – 42.08
3. Alvaro de Miranda/AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan 0/0/0 – 42.20
4. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson/Casall La Silla 0/0/0 – 43.28
5. Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Verdi 0/0/0 – 44.14
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