Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher and Callisto (Casall x Acorado) claimed victory in the opening CSI5* class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha event at the spectacular Al Shaqab arena. Second and third went to home riders Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi with Gunder (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Randel Z) and Khalid Mohammed AS Al Emadi with Utascha SFN (Lux x Indoctro).
Uliano Vezzani's welcoming course offered a few opportunities for a daring turn-back and that's how the top three really made their mark. Luca Maria Moneta and the reliable Jimy (Casall x Contender) held on to the lead with a time of 31.22s from third to go in the draw until Al Emadi shaved over a second off the Italian's time to finish in 30.11s.
The experienced Hans-Dieter Dreher benefitted from his late draw and knew exactly what he had to do, riding a neat round and stopping the clock at 28.88s. Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi, who won a CSI5* class in Valkenswaard earlier in the season, came tantalisingly close with Gunder but had to settle for second this time in 29.10s.
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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