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United shine in GCL Cannes blockbuster

Sunday, 10 June 2018
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Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL. The GCL podium in Cannes. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL.

Valkenswaard United’s Alberto Zorzi and Jur Vrieling pulled out an oscar-winning performance in Saturday night’s GCL Cannes, rising from 7th to take a spectacular win on the French Riviera.

Tonight’s GCL Cannes was a blockbuster, with drama right down to the final fence as United rose to the win. Miami Celtics Jessica Springsteen and Cameron Hanley managed to hold onto second, with the formidable duo of John Whitaker and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson teaming up for the Cascais Charms - and delivering - to take third.

The drama meant there was a shuffle in the overall rankings, as teams fight to qualify for the GCL Super Cup, which will be held at the GC Play Offs in Prague this December. Holding onto their lead are the London Knights, now on 153 points, however United have closed the gap to just a five point difference, sitting on 148 overall. Shanghai Swans remain in third with 115 but look dangerously close to be overtaken by the Celtics, sitting on 109 points overall.

"I am lucky to be in the top team. I have such a nice rider with me and like this it is more easy to win. Fairlight, she always does her best, she is a super horse. We have a good combination together," said Alberto Zorzi of Valkenswaard United. 

His team-mate Jur Vrieling joined in: "When you have to wait for the other ones it is stressful. This is my first time in the League - this competition is amazing the audience is really top. I spoke to our team manager and we agreed not to take the risk from two to three but to go clear and Glasgow did a fantastic job today. I hope we are going to beat London (Knights)."

"It is a great concept - in these four rounds of jumping a lot can change, a lot can happen and its really exiting until the last horse jumps. I was delighted with my horse. Jessica was very good, clear the first day two rails today, but it was a really tough track today," said Cameron Hanley of Miami Celtics. 

John Whitaker of Cascais Charms commented: "We had great fun. To be honest we were only one fault away from winning which was my fault as yesterday I had five faults. We have moved up a long way today we are on our way up. We hopefully can team up a bit more and try and get ourselves up there."

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

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