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Swans swoop on GCL Saint Tropez win

Saturday, 02 June 2018
CSI5* LGCT Saint Tropez 2018

Photo (c) Sergio Grasso/GCL Photo (c) Sergio Grasso/GCL

Shanghai Swans’ pairing of Pedro Veniss and Daniel Deusser took home a spectacular win in an edge-of-the-seat showdown at GCL Saint Tropez on Saturday.

In the sultry southern France sun, the duo clinched the win in the final round, managing to convert their earlier pole position and do the elusive double. Second went to Olivier Philippaerts and Ben Maher of the London Knights, with home favourite Roger-Yves Bost and Carlos Lopez in third for Chantilly Pegasus. 

In the overall rankings the London Knights keep hold of the ranking lead, now with 134 points overall. Moving up are Valkenswaard United, with a points tally of 118 and after their win today the Shanghai Swans sit in third, with 107 points overall. 

Shanghai Swans tried a different strategy as Pedro Veniss made a horse change, from Uccello de Will (Marlou des Estisses x Marlon) to the eye-catching Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre) while teammate Daniel Deusser kept stallion Tobago Z (Tangelo v. Zuuthoeve x Mr. Blue) as his ride for the GCL Saint Tropez final. 

First to go Veniss and Quabri de I’Isle kept the Swans in touch, after a stunning clear from the stallion. Knowing he could afford one rail down Deusser cantered into the ring. Deusser and Tobago showed no signs of pressure to finish clear and taking the win for the Swans.

"At the beginning we never had bad results but did not make it to the top," said Deusser. "Now we have two times podium and it really feels that between each other it makes the click - we understand each other and which horse to go to which competition. Today I had the possibility to have four faults and we would still win, so a bit of pressure off me. I think we have a great team!"

"We are very happy, we are celebrating the result and really happy to win today!" added Veniss.

The League now heads just a short trip along the Cote D’Azur to Cannes, where teams will be looking to take the spotlight in the seventh leg. 

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

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