Friday's feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, the CSI5* Prix de Canton de Vaud was won by 2014 World Championship Team Gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix winner Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) who took the victory by over a second from 2nd placed Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). Third went to home rider Jane Richard Philips with Upanisad di San Patrignano (Mr. Blue), who finished less than 0.5s behind Miranda.
The crowd followed every rider's round with energetic enthusiasm, cheering the clears and groaning with disappointment when poles were lowered. Luc Musette's two-phase course harboured a few deceptively tricky fences. No1 proved to be rather spooky to the younger, less experienced horses who were suspicious of the way shadows fell across the fence. Though the obstacle itself rarely fell - many horses jumped extra-high to clear it - it's fear-factor served to encourage mistakes from unsettled mounts later in the course.
The upright going into the last short one-stride double and the back rail of the wide oxer coming out also hit the sand a number of times, as did the final fence - the Longines plank. At the half-way point of the 47-strong class, only five riders had completed the class clear and by the end just nine clears were on the scoreboard.
Earlier in the day, the opening CSI5* class was won by Italy's Luca Maria Moneta and his trusty 17-year-old Jesus de la Commune (Diamant de Semilly x Rocky du Carel), who proved that age is just a number when the heart is willing. Second place went to reigning European Champion Roger-Yves Bost with Quaoukoura du Ty (Calido), who claimed his ninth top three placing in an LGCT class this season. Third went to the man of the moment, 19-year-old Bertram Allen with Belmonde (Ovidius x Kenwood), who really hit the spotlight by winning the first round of the World Championships last week.
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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