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Harry Charles wins the CaixaBank Trophy in La Coruña

Saturday, 03 December 2022
CSI5*-W La Coruña 2022

Photo © Manuel Queimadelos / Oxer Sport Great Britain's Harry Charles and Billabong du Roumois won the CSI5*-W 1.50m CaixaBank Trophy at Casas Novas Equestrian Center in La Coruña, Spain. Photo © Casas Novas / Oxer Sport.

The highlight on the first day of competition at Casas Novas Equestrian Center in La Coruña, Spain, was the CSI5*-W 1.50m CaixaBank Trophy, where world number one Henrik von Eckermann was ouclassed by rising star Harry Charles. 

Von Eckermann took an early lead when finishing his round with Glamour Girl (VDL Zirocco Blue x Caletto I) in a time of 60.42 seconds, which seemed very hard to beat. Many tried to catch the Swede, but none could bring the clock below the 61-second mark – although no less than 24 of 46 in the class delivered clear rounds. However, aboard the 11-year-old gelding Billabong du Roumois (Mylord Carthago x Papillon Rouge) Charles did an incredible round and shaved off two seconds on Von Eckermann's time – snatching the win from the world no. one with a time of 58.18. 

Much to the delight of the home crowds, Spanish rider Jesús Garmendia and Callias (Companiero x Casco) ended third after a round that saw the clock stop at 61.06. Two Germans followed: Philipp Weishaupt and Coby (Contagio x Escudo 19) finished fourth, and Daniel Deusser and Bingo Ste Hermelle (Number One d'Iso x Diamant de Semilly) fifth.

Earlier in the day, the 1.45 class Marqués de Riscal Trophy saw 18 of the 54 horse-and-rider combination produce clears with French rider Grégory Cottard being the fastest aboard his mare 10-year-old mare Cocaine du Val (Mylord Carthago x Si Tu Viens) – finishing in 60.46 seconds.

Irishman Denis Lynch came in second with GC Chopin's Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) with a time of 61.41, while Spanish rider Pilar Lucrecia Cordón and Noblesse du Palis (Baltic VDL x Indorado) ended third when stopping the clock at 62.47. 

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