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LGCT Mexico City kicks off with CSI5* win for Eduardo Alvarez Aznar

Friday, 23 March 2018
CSI5* LGCT Mexico City 2018

Photo (c) LGCT / Stefano Grasso Eduardo Alvarez Aznar and Fidux won the first five-star class in Mexico City. Photo (c) LGCT / Stefano Grasso.

The 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour season blasted off in style with a victory for Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP) in the opening one-round 1.45m speed class in Mexico City.

Mexico’s vibrant capital welcomes many of the top names in show jumping for the season opener of the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL team series at the start of four days of world class competition.

This week’s classes are held in the vast lush turf arena at the Campo Marte equestrian venue in the Avenue Paseo de la Reforma, which hosted the 1968 Olympic dressage and individual jumping events, and passionate spectators filled the stands in anticipation of a show packed full of exhilarating sporting action.

This is the third time the Longines Global Champions Tour series has visited Mexico City and the curtain-opener offers a fantastic opportunity to welcome the return of some of the best combinations in the sport, all of whom are looking to kick start their LGCT title campaign. 

A total of 57 combinations lined up for Thursday’s class, which was stacked full of Olympic champions, championship medallists and the very best riders in the world.

Egypt’s Abdel Said with Jumpy Van De Hermitage (Toulon x Darco) kicked off with a steady clear and many riders followed suit as they carefully found their feet over this inviting track. But the pace upped throughout the class and GCL U25 athlete Megane Moissonnier (FRA) riding Umours Batilly (Quaprice Boimargot x Dollar du Murier) took the mantle with a smart and quick clear (63.55s) to hold the lead through the early portion of the competition.

Midway through the card, a new leader came in the form of Shane Breen (IRL) with the highly talented 10-year-old mare CSF Vendi Cruz (ARS Vivendi x Cruising). A powerful and smooth round put them well into the lead in a time of 62.70s. Great Britain-based Shane will be making his GCL debut tomorrow for the Miami Celtics.

But drawn late, Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar and the galloping 13-year-old grey Fidux (Malito de Reve x Voltaire) soared into a mighty lead, 2.62s clear of the rest of the field to claim a sensational victory under the setting sun.

Many of these combinations will be returning tomorrow for the first round of the GCL where 19 enviably high calibre teams featuring 25 out of the top 30 riders in the world begin the quest for a place in the team finals in Doha, Qatar, in November and to earn a golden ticket to the GC Prague Play Offs in December.

 


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



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