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Daniel Deusser magnificent in Massimo Dutti Trophy

Sunday, 30 April 2017
CSI5* LGCT Shanghai 2017

Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT. Daniel Deusser and Hidalgo SX. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.

Daniel Deusser (GER) won the Massimo Dutti Trophy after an incredible four rider jump-off at the 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour.

Fans were treated to a phenomenal display of top showjumping from the world’s very best, as riders fought hard for a share of the €270,000 prize purse in a challenging course to finish the weekend of top sport and entertainment. With almost €1.5million on offer across LGCT and GCL throughout the weekend, the heavy-weight riders pulled out all the stops, with the Massimo Dutti Trophy a spectacular finish to the Shanghai leg of the Tour. 

With the 60m x 80m square arena layout, Italian designer Uliano Vezzani set another challenging course, a true test for the world’s best. Plenty of turn backs, sharp corners and related distances came into play, and riders were met with a big oxer to start, a formidable feat to set the scene for the course to come, with a tight time allowed of 80 seconds. The first of the related distances from a big wide oxer required a lot of power, before six strides up to a skinny blue plank, set against a blue background which caused a few problems. Another 1.55m water tray feature fence - with the distracting base on the landing side - caught out a few of the riders. One of the most difficult fences however was undoubtably the penultimate combination featuring a big parallel with a very short double of verticals immediately after, all positioned towards the in-gate.

Daniel Deusser (GER) and Hidalgo SX (Quadrillo x Andiamo) were the first to go clear, after a masterclass with the crowd cheering as they crossed the line five hundredths of a second inside the time allowed. Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) were next to jump cleanly, faster still in 77.54s. Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Caspar 213 (Cornet Obolensky x Acord II) jumped a beautiful clear after a great try but agonisingly picked up 1 time fault keeping them out of the jump-off.

Accuracy was the name of the game, with Niels Bruynseels (BEL) and Angel van't Hof (Chin Chin x Nabab de Reve) taking the audiences’ breath away as he jumped clear in 79.90s, just fractions from the time allowed and progressed through to the jump-off. Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Pegase du Murier (Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly) also looked strong to be in contention, but as they cleared the penultimate combination Pegase napped back towards the in-gate meaning Bosty had to circle, collecting faults.

The final rider to join the jump-off would be Marco Kutscher (GER) with Chaccorina (Chacco-Blue x Larenco), making it a 50/50 Belgian/German rider final. With just four through, spectators were on the edge of their seats to see who would finish on top.

First to go, Daniel Deusser knew he had to throw down the gauntlet to the rest of the world class field behind him. Daniel opened up Hidalgo’s stride, allowing the horse to move across the arena, eating up the ground between the fences. A brave turn back to penultimate fence and a gallop to the last saw the pair stop the clocks in 41.71s with the German rider ensuing a nervous wait as the rest of the field took centre stage. Gregory Wathelet and Eldorado van het Vijverhof pulled out all the stops - the pair took six strides to the skinny plank, but knocked it down as they sailed through. Despite this, they were quicker in 41.24s, giving an indicator that the potential to better Daniel’s time was still there.

Niels Bruynseels and Angel van't Hof bravely took on the course, galloping through to the finish, but agonisingly took the final fence down. Remarkably they stopped the clock in 41.24s, meaning the two Belgians were equal in second place overall. Last to go Marco Kutcher gave everything, but took out the Longines vertical on his way, dropping down the order, despite his brave attempt. So it was Daniel Deusser who took the win, the perfect end to the Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour, in a spectacular Massimo Dutti Trophy finale.

The Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League now heads to Madrid, where the first of the European legs of the Championship will get underway. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) will be hoping to defend his overall Ranking lead from Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) as two time LGCT Champion of Champions Scott Brash (GBR) will begin his challenge to make history by becoming the first rider ever to win the title three times.


Source: Press release from LGCT / Picture © Stefano Grasso/LGCT

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