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Sergio pulls off a dramatic double in Doha

Friday, 06 April 2012

It's a double for Sergio in Doha. Photo by Sportfot.Sergio Alvarez Moya pulled off a dramatic double, winning his second 5* international in successive days in a display of electric form before tomorrow’s Grand Prix highlight in Doha. The young Spanish was in exceptional form notching up his latest victory after a big field of 17 riders went through to the jump off on the eve of the Grand Prix. Riding his wife Marta’s 12-year-old bay stallion Abab van het Molenhof, Sergio never let up on the pace finishing in 36.72 and beating the early time set by Dutchman Harrie Smolders of 37.47 who eventually finished third.

Sergio picked up a second cheque last night bringing his total prize money in two days to €115,000. Sergio said after his emphatic win: “I am having a lucky show.” Asked if his success was down to the impressive Abab or his recent marriage to Marta, Sergio said: “I hope it is being married, then I will win every show.” Sergio is on standby for the individual competition for the London Olympics but Spain has not qualified as a nation.

Current Global Champions Tour 2011 champion Edwina Tops-Alexander also demonstrated super form last night coming second in 37.23 on her new horse Titus. Edwina said: “I have only had this horse for three months and he is getting better with every show. I am very happy at coming second today.” Edwina is saving her famous champion horse Itot du Chateau for tomorrow’s Grand Prix, the first of the GCT 2012 season and like many of the top riders competed on their second horses in tonight’s 5*. Germany’s Marco Kutscher came fourth on 38.67 on Quatell with veteran rider Ludger Beerbaum fifth on 38.95.

Tomorrow evening over 40 of the world’s top riders will be pulling out all the stops on their best horses for the €450,000 prize money Grand Prix of Doha. The pressure will be on the elite international field to secure vital GCT ranking points to set the tone for the rest of the season.

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Source: Press release from Global Champions Tour

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