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Edwina Alexander tops GCT in Cannes with super-star Itot du Chateau

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Stars in Cannes: Edwina and Itot. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was Edwina Alexander who could record another GCT win in Cannes today. The first round of the Global Champions Tour in Cannes saw five riders going clear, one got a timefault and several riders ended their rounds with four faults. Twelve of the fastest riders with four faults made it to the second round, and the winner from last weekend in Hamburg – Rolf-Göran Bengtsson – was the first rider not to make it to the second round.

First to go in the second round was Denis Lynch on Lantinus (Landköning x Argentinus), as the second round in the GCT always starts in revers order. The couple jumped the course so easy; it almost looked like a 1.30 class. The pair ended up clear, so Denis and Lantinus remained on four faults. Second out was Julien Epaillard on Mister Davier (Quiniou x Leprince de Thurin), and they got another four faults to add to the four faults from the first round.

Cha Cha Z (Carthago Z x Beach Boy) and Judy-Ann Melchior did a beautiful first round, and made the big fences look really small even though one pole fell down. In the second round they suffered the same destiny – one pole down. Pius Schwizer on the well jumping Verdi III (Hors la Loi II x Cantus) had the last down in the triple combination, and also ended up with eight faults after two rounds. Denis was thus still in the lead with his total four faults.

Runner-ups; Sergio and Action Breaker. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.German rider Philipp Weishaupt on Monte Bellini (Montender x Ramiro) then joined Denis on being clear in the second round. Next to go was the crowd-favorite Kevin Staut on Zeta de Hus (Zandor Z x Atlantus Z). They had a pole down in the triple combination, and ended up with a total of eight faults. Marcus Ehning with Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) was next to go. The little mare looked a little unfocused, so Marcus had to add another eight faults to his previous four.

Eric van der Vleuten from the Netherlands on VDL Groep Kaid (Brett Saint Clair x Royal Ardent) had to see the first two elements of the triple combination fall to the ground, and also had to add another eight faults to his score. Olivier Guillon was the third French rider in the second round and together with Lord de Theize (Donald Rouge II x Tolbiac des Halles) they kept all the fences intact as they crossed the finish line.

The second girl to start was Luciana Diniz with her ten year old gelding Lennox (Lifestyle x Grannus), and they jumped a fantastic clear round. Alvaro de Miranda on his star AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan (Drosselklang II X Ashleigh Brigadier) had – an unlikely – three fences down in the second round and it looked like it could have been more. Nick Skelton on Carlo (Contender x Cascavelle) was the last rider in the second round that had four faults to bring from the first round. Carlo showed his capasity even tough the first element on the double combination fell to the ground. Skelly went in on fifth place with his eight faults.

In-form Ludger and Gotha secures even more GCT-points. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Lauren Hough with Quick Study (Quick Star x What a Joy) was the only rider that ended up with just one time fault from the first round, and she was next in the arena. They had the third last fence down and ended up with a total of five faults. Then it was time for the last five riders, all of them prduced clear rounds in the first round. Clarissa Crotta on Imperial West Side v Meerputh (Baloubet du Rouet x Apoloonios xx) was the first one out and Clarissa could once again be thrilled as she just did her second clear round of the day, and took over the lead.

Ludger Beerbaum on the chestnut mare Gotha (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot) secured a jump-off when even he rode a clear round. Action Breaker (Heartbreaker x Lys de Darmen) with Sergio Alvarez Moya in saddle also wanted to be in the jump-off. Last years winner Edwina Alexander on Cevo Itot du Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A) now had the chance to try to defend the victory from last year, and they did excaclty that. A clear round meant that even Edwina was going to the jump-off, and still had all the chances to win GCT in Cannes for the second time.

Last to go in the second round was Patrice Delaveau on Ornella Mail (Lando x Alligator Fontaine), but the first element of the triple combination fell and then Patrice also had one more down so the class was left with four riders in the jump-off.

The sparkly Clarissa Crotta was first to go in the jump-off and she got some difficulties in the beginning of the course, and two poles fell to the ground. Ludger Beerbaum was next, and he for sure wanted to win this class. Ludger rode a fast clear on the time of 43,23 seconds.

Sergio Alvarez Moya was second last in the jump-off. He went for it, and took the lead – almost a second ahead of Ludger’s time. Last out was the winner from last year – Edwina Alexander. Edwina was determined to win again, and the little chestnut Cevo Itot du Chateau did everything to help her. They made it; what a winning couple, their second win in Cannes! For full results click here.

Top three in Cannes; Edwina, Sergio and Ludger. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

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