This evening's €90,500 CSI5* class at the Longines Global Champions Tour was won by Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus (Con Air x Locato). The Belgian rider put in a deceptively quick round to leave a large and competitive field in his dust. Second place went to Germany's Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) who had looked unbeatable, and third to a Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano).
The first round, built by Italy's Uliano Vezzani, was a sweeping, attacking course that took advantage of Al Shaqab's massive arena. Many of the star riders had their Grand Prix horses in the competition which served as a generous introduction to Saturday's battleground. Of the 40 starters, an incredible 20 went through to the jump-off.
Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum rode a careful round with Zinedine (Guidam x Heartbreaker) to collect one time fault. His rivals for the title, Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo v. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I), both jumped clear though they elected not to jump-off to save their horses for the Grand Prix on Saturday.
First to go, Denis Lynch set the pace in the jump-off with All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) in a time of 41.16s. Reigning German Champion Daniel Denser and Cornet D'Amour then wiped nearly two seconds from Lynch's time to take the lead in 38.34s. Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus, who became internet sensations in Paris when Conrad's bridle fell off mid round, took over the lead with a great round in 37.67s from the middle of the draw. Diniz did her best to catch the time but slotted into third.
Source: Press release from Longines Global Champions Tour
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