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Edwina Tops-Alexander yet again rank one on the Longines Global Champions Tour standings

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Edwina-Tops-Alexander-Ego-vEdwina Tops-Alexander is back in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Longines Global Champions Tour leadership changed once more in Cascais, Estoril as Edwina Tops-Alexander retook rank one on the overall standing, with a total of 176 points so far. Monaco Grand Prix winner Bassem Hassan Mohammed is rank two with 158 points while Emanuele Gaudiano is just one point behind as rank three. Kevin Staut is rank four with 155 points, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson rank five with 154 points.

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Unbeatable Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos win the LGCT Cascais, Estoril Grand Prix

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scott-estorilScott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.The Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais, Estoril was won by the virtually unbeatable World No1 Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) - the pair won Friday night's big class and have now claimed their second LGCT Grand Prix win of the 2014 season. Runner-up was Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Status (Satisfaction x Sao Paulo) who jumped the only other treble clear, and third place went to Nick Skelton (GBR) and Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) who were the fastest four faults.

Gregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet top the Prova Mercedes Benz in Estoril

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gregoryestorilgrassoGregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet won the Prova Mercedes Benz in Estoril. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Gregory Wathelet and Riesling Du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken) headed up a Belgian first and second in the final fast and furious two-phase 1.45/1.50 Prova Mercedes Benz class before tonight's feature Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Estoril. Wathelet came from the middle of the draw to claim the victory in a time of 33.08s ahead of his countryman Nicola Philippaerts and Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy) who finished just 0.03s behind. Third went to Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z) who initially looked to be the winners with their usual turn of speed, but Bosty had to settle for third with a time of 33.33s after his win yesterday morning.

Brash shows why he's World Number One with a big win in Portugal

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BrashSanctosGrassoScott Brash and Hello Sanctos were unbeatable in Estoril. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) claimed another victory on Friday night in the CSI5* 1.50/55m feature class of the day in Cascais, Estoril, making them hot favourites from Saturday's Grand Prix - round eight of the 2014 tour. Second went to Gert-Jan Bruggink (NED) and Vampire (Marome Nw x Voltaire) and 3rd to Constant van Paesschen (BEL) and Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck (Ohio van de Padenborre x Darco). As the sun faded to a stunning purple haze over the gorgeous arena here in Portugal, the local crowd showed their appreciation as the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist accepted his award.

Bosty is best in LGCT Estoril opening class

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BosryEstorilGrasso Roger-Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld won the opening class in Estoril. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The opening class of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Estoril was won by Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel Z), who galloped to victory finishing over two seconds faster than 2nd placed Laura Kraut (USA) and Nouvelle 17 (Solitair x Contango), 3rd went to Philipp Weishaupt (GER) and Casilius (Casall x Cambridge), and 4th to Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Let's Fly (Lordanos x Forrest). There were an impressive 20 clears from the 40 starters who introduced their star mounts to this picture-perfect arena ahead of the feature Grand Prix tomorrow evening.

Masterful Marcus Ehning takes Gucci Gold Cup glory

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MarcusSabyGCTParis_StefanoGrassoMarcus Ehning won the Gucci Gold Cup in Paris on Sabrina. Photo Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The final class of the first historic Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris Eiffel Jumping, the Gucci Gold Cup, was won by the one and only Marcus Ehning with Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) - a rider who has has a spectacular show, as he also finished 3rd in last night's LGCT Grand Prix with Cornado NRW and 2nd in yesterday morning's class with Sabrina. Second place went to Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Sapphire B (Mr. Blue x Grand Veneur) and 3rd went to Reed Kessler with Cylana (Skippy II x Darco).

Kevin Staut takes over the lead on the Longines Global Champions Tour overall standing

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Kevin-Staut-Silvana-HDC-386Kevin Staut is in the lead. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After his win in the LGCT Grand Prix in Paris, Kevin Staut has taken over the lead on the overall standing of the tour with 155 points. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is just one point behind and the previous leader Edwina Tops-Alexander is on third place with 146 points.

Staut shoots to LGCT Ranking No1 with spectacular Paris Grand Prix win

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kevin-parisKevin Staut with Silvana HDC. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.It was a triumphant home win for France in tonight's seventh leg of the 2014 LGCT Championship, hosted for the very first time by the City of Lights - Paris. The inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris Grand Prix was won by a thrilled and emotional Kevin Staut and Silvana, who left the arena to resounding cheers and applause from the crowd Second went to a very happy Pius Schwizer (SUI) with Toulago, and 3rd to Marcus Ehning (GER) and Cornado NRW.

Edwina Tops-Alexander holds on to the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour overall standing

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Edwina-Tops-Alexander-Ego-vEdwina with Ego van Orti in Hamburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Edwina Tops-Alexander stays on top of the LGCT overall standing with her 146 points. Then there are some changes on the list with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson climbing up from rank four to two with 126 points. And just behind Rolf is Saturday's winner Bassem Hassan Mohammed with one point less.

Bassem Hassan Mohammed claims first ever Qatari LGCT Grand Prix win in spectacular Monaco

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bassemA very happy Bassem Hassan Mohammed with Victoria. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.A jubilant Bassem Hassan Mohammed won the first major class of his young career this evening in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco Grand Prix before packed house and a very appreciative Royal box. Second went to the ever-consistent Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask, and third to Cameron Hanley and his very aptly named young superstar-in-the-making, Living the Dream. The result left Championship leader Edwina Tops-Alexander, who lowered a rail in the first round with Old Chap Tame, just 20 points ahead of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson in second, while the Qatari rider moves up to third just one point behind.

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