Images from the Longines Global Champions Tour in London - part one
Last Modified:Monday, 18 August 2014 12:40
The riders all lined up for course walk at the Longines Global Champions Tour in London. Here are some of the faces at the British event that what staged at the Horse Guards Parade. All photos by Lulu Kyriacou.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson still in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour
The man in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour: Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Two Swedes top the Longines Global Champions Tour standings. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is in the lead, and Henrik von Eckermann is rank two with Edwina Tops-Alexander as rank three on the same points as Eckermann, but with less podium finishes. Twenty points separate Bengtsson and Eckermann / Tops-Alexander. Ludger Beerbaum is rank four, and Bassem Hassan Mohammed rank five. Three legs remain of the tours.
World's number one pair Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos are invincible in the London Grand Prix
Last Modified:Saturday, 16 August 2014 21:44
Nobody could beat Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos in London. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.World no. one and 2013 LGCT champion Scott Brash won the Longines Global Champions Tour of London Grand Prix presented by Qatar in spectacular fashion in front of a rapturous home crowd who would have raised the roof of Horse Guards Parade Ground if there had been one. From the very beginning, Brash was hailed as the one to beat and he never faltered aboard Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo v. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) – that currently is ranked as the best horse in the world.
Home win for Michael Whitaker in the Massimo Dutti Prix in London
Thumbs up from Michael Whitaker. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.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.
Harrie Smolders and Regina Z are unbeatable in the Sapinda Prix in London
Last Modified:Friday, 15 August 2014 21:16
Harrie Smolders and Regina Z won Friday's biggest class in London. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The feature class of Friday's Longines Global Champions Tour of London, the Sapinda Prix, was won by Harrie Smolders and Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover) who put in their usual unbeatably speedy performance to take the honours in this €90,500 class. Second went to McLain Ward with Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de l'Ile), winners of the Longines GCT Antwerp Grand Prix at the start of the season, and 3rd to leading lady rider Pénélope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo d'Arsouilles).