It was home rider Michael Whitaker and Elie van de Kolmen (President x Darco) that flew to victory in the Massimo Dutti Prix in London on Saturday. The CSI5* 1.45/1.50 speed class took place in front of a very supportive British crowd who gasped and cheered as Michael dared his mare to turn tighter and faster. Second place went to world no1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie (Contendro I x For Pleasure), who led the competition from mid-way through the draw with an impressive round which looked like it would't be beaten. Third went to Tiffany Foster and Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeu) who had led the way from early on only to be pipped at the post by the two home stars.
The Uliano Vezzani course was twisty and technical. Sixteen of the 32 starters jumped clear and the top three riders all finished within 0.22s of each other. The spectators got to their feet as Whitaker took his lap of honour in appreciation of his daring round. Many have predicted a British win this afternoon in the Longines Global Champions Tour of London Grand Prix presented by Qatar. With Scott Brash in strong form and currently carrying two LGCT Grand Prix wins this season he looks like the man to beat at Horse Guards Parade Ground.
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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