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John Whitaker and Argento to the top at the LGCT in Doha

Saturday, 05 November 2016
CSI5* LGCT Doha 2016

John Whitaker with Argento. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. John Whitaker and Argento on their way to victory in Doha. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The last CSI5* competition ahead of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha saw living legend John Whitaker (GBR) going to the top, claiming the top prize of 89 100 Euro. With his 14-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper), Whitaker was the fastest in the jump-off that consisted of no less than 21 riders.

In the jump-off of this 1.50/1.55m competition, Daniel Bluman (COL) was the first to go clear with Apardi (Corland x Kannan) - the pair setting the time at 38.57 seconds. Janne-Friederike-Meyer (GER), Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Marcus Ehning (GER) and Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) all jumped clear, but couldn’t surpass Daniel’s time. 

Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) rode a great round with grey stallion Imperio Egipcio Milton (Dollar du Murier x Capitol I), putting in a time of 39.38 seconds much to the delight of the local crowd. It was a good day for the home heroes as Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi (QAT) also jumped double clear. 

Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) delivered a masterful round with VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Caletto I) taking over the lead with a time of 37.61 seconds, with just five riders left to go.

However, Whitaker and Argento are hard to stop when in form and with a time of 37.46 seconds the two went up in the lead to push the Dutch rider down to second position. Yesterday's winners Daniel Deusser (GER) and Happiness van't Paradijs (Obourg x Quick Lauro Z) looked set to upset the order, however couldn’t match the duo on top settling for third this time around.


Source: Press release from LGCT // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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