The young and talented Lucy Davis won Saturday's Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Lausanne on her equally talented horse Barron. After producing three clear rounds, Davis snatched the win as last to go in the jump-off shaving off 0.33 seconds on Patrice Delaveau's time aboard her fantastic nine year old gelding by For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve. With her victory Lucy Davies became the youngest to win in Longines Global Champions Tour history, at 20 years old.
The first round was difficult enough, but in the end 17 riders were clear and went on to the second round and they were accompanied by Belgium's Jos Verloy who was the only rider with four faults to return in the second round.
In round two nine riders managed to yet again produce clear rounds to make it to the jump-off; Eduardo Menezes, Kamal Bahamdan, Scott Brash, Juan Carlos Garcia, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Ben Maher, Kevin Staut, Patrice Delaveau and Lucy Davis.
Ben Maher on Tripple X III (Namelus R X Cantango Z) was the first in the jump-off. Despite of heavy rainfall, the British rider who is currently ranked as the world's number one and his homebred stallion jumped clear in a time of 39.11 seconds – putting pressure on those to come. Ben was quickly pushed down by third in the ring, France’s Patrice Delaveau aboard Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf I) though, who took the lead with a time of 38.90 seconds. Patrice’s team mate and colleague Kevin Staut did his best to beat the leading time on Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor), and in the end only 0.07 seconds separated Patrice and Kevin as the latter slotted into second.
Lucy Davis was last to go in the jump-off, and she really went for it – bringing the crowds on their toes in anticipation as she took out a stride to the final fence. Crossing the finish line with a time of 38.57 seconds, Davis secured both the victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix as well as her biggest win in her career – pushing Delaveau down to second and Staut to third. After her win, Lucy commented; “I still can’t believe it. It’s amazing because my family all came over from the States for this show to watch me, granddad and my dad and my mom, so it’s great to be able to share that with them.”
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