As the heat of the day faded and the the sun set on the stunning Al Shaqab stadium, tonight's €151,000 CSI5* 1.55m class was won by a thrilled Daniel Deusser on Pironella (Non Stop x Pilot). The pair galloped to an elegant victory ahead of Ireland's Denis Lynch in second with his bouncy All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) and Marco Kutscher with the consistent Liberty Son (Clooney x Lord Z) in third.
The first round course set by Italy's Uliano Vezzani made use of the uniquely generous proportions of the spectacular main arena, with it's sweeping lines and flowing distances. The final half of the course, however, contained some awkward turns and distances, particularly the final, short treble combination which caught out many big names.
Defending Longines GCT title holder Scott Brash was the first rider to jump clear in the first round though many experienced combinations collected four faults. Of the 40 starters, 16 went through to the final jump-off. World No1 Scott Brash once again set the standard as first to go in the jump-off, producing a very classy round with Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham's exciting up-and-coming mare Hello M'Lady (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet) in a time of 38.73s to eventually take fourth.
Drawn late, Marco Kutscher and Denis Lynch did what was needed to each grab the lead for a time, clocking in at 38.43s and 37.97s, respectively. Second last to go, Daniel Deusser knew exactly what was required, taking the tightest lines and sharpest turns with his fleet-footed mount to stop the clock at 37.24s.
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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