Gregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken) headed up a Belgian first and second in the final fast and furious two-phase 1.45/1.50 Prova Mercedes Benz class before tonight's feature Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Estoril. Wathelet came from the middle of the draw to claim the victory in a time of 33.08s ahead of his countryman Nicola Philippaerts and Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy) who finished just 0.03s behind. Third went to Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z) who initially looked to be the winners with their usual turn of speed, but Bosty had to settle for third with a time of 33.33s after his win yesterday morning.
Of the 42 starters, just twelve jumped a double clear, including Scott Brash (GBR), Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRE), Daniel Deusser (GER), Michael Whitaker (GBR), Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Henrik von Eckermann (SWE). So far, Frank Rothenburger's courses have been tough and testing, and no doubt a sign of things to come in the Grand Prix this evening.
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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