Valkenswaard United Take Pole Position in Monaco As Championship Battle Tightens Dramatically | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was an electric weekend of top sport and entertainment at the iconic Monte-Carlo setting, finishing with a thrilling 9th round of action for the Global Champions League. Valkenswaard United took their third win of the Championship season so far, with Bertram Allen Izzy By Picobello and Eduardo Menezes with Caruschka taking pole position for the team at the stunning Monaco event.
Monaco Aces keep hold of their overall ranking lead with a tally of 217 points, with Valkenswaard United’s win today dramatically closing the gap to 214, just three points difference.
Speed Demon Gaudiano Triumphs as Championship Ranking battle tightens | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was a spell-binding Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco presented by Sapinda, with speed demon Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and his impressive grey horse Caspar 232 claiming top honours at the prestigious event after an incredible nine rider jump-off. Talking about what it means to win a LGCT Grand Prix, an elated Emanuele said: “For every rider to win a Grand Prix is good, but to win a Global Champions Tour Grand Prix is special – it’s amazing.” Compatriot Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) took a strong silver medal with his horse Casallo Z, with the horse’s sire Casall ASK finishing in third with Swedish rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
Janne-Friederike Meyer auf Chuck 27 | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Christian Ahlmann weiterhin in der Gesamtwertung führend
Im Großen Preis von Monte Carlo in Monaco, zugleich neunte Etappe der diesjährigen Global Champions Tour (GCT), belegte Janne Friederike Meyer (Pinneberg) als beste deutsche Teilnehmerin Platz sechs.
Mit ihrem neunjährigen Hannoveraner Wallach Chuck (v. Cassus) lieferte Meyer im Stechen, das neun Paare nach zwei fehlerfreien Runden in den beiden Normalumläufen erreichen konnte, einen ebenfalls strafpunktfreien Ritt in 40,51 Sekunden ab.
Spectacular World Class Sport at dazzling opening day of LGCT Monaco | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Irish star Bertram Allen and his brilliant 12 year old grey mare Molly Malone V took the precedented Prix Massimo Dutti trophy this afternoon after a thirteen rider jump-off had the Monaco crowds on the edge of the seat during the fast paced round. The formidable combination took top honours in the 1.50/1.55m class, jumping double clear in an impressive 34.56s as the sun started its descent over the Port Hercule harbour.
The Monaco society was out in force for the first day of show jumping, with the event becoming a leading fixture in the Principality’s social calendar and was watched on by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking Battle Intensifies as Top Riders Head to Monaco | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Top riders will turn up the heat on Christian Ahlmann (GER) in Monaco this weekend in a bid to close the gap on his formidable championship ranking lead. The race to be 2016 overall LGCT Champion of Champions will kick into a higher gear in the famous Principality as world class combinations descend on the breathtaking stage of Port Hercule.
Once again under the Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, top riders will soon be arriving to the spectacular venue for the 9th round of competition from the 24th – 26th June.
Scott Brash rockets up championship ranking after Monaco Grand Prix win | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Monaco, Scott Brash rockets up championship ranking after Monaco Grand Prix win
Scott Brash (GBR) wins the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Du Prince De Monaco, sponsored by HSBC Private Bank (Monaco) SA in spectacular style with Hello M’Lady after an incredible jump-off featuring many of the very best horses and riders in the world. His victory catapulted him up the championship ranking into second place, and in touching distance of the leadership going into the eighth leg of the Tour in Paris next week. John Whitaker (GBR) came a close second with his effortlessly agile Argento, the bay stallion galloping to the fences and giving everything in front of the packed grandstands. Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) kept up his streak of success, riding Admara 2 home in third place, a fantastic achievement after his earlier win in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco.
Monaco society turns out for top sport and entertainment | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Monaco, Monaco society turns out for top sport and entertainment
It was another electrifying jump-off during the second day of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco as John Whitaker (GBR) claimed the top spot with his 10 year old bay mare Ornellaia in the CSI5* Prix de la Federation Equestre de la Principaute de Monaco. As the crowds of fans and VIP guests looked on, just centimetres away from the heart of the action, 41 combinations from 19 different countries lined up to take their turn around the first 1,50m course.
Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Monaco, Emanuele Gaudiano and Beat Mändli take the titles during the first day of competition in Monaco
Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) took a sensational win following a daring jump-off in the main CSI5* feature class of the first day at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco. With royal and sporting celebrities amongst the prestigious guests in attendance on the first day of show jumping in the beautiful Port Hercule, the seventh leg of the Tour got underway on the Cote d’Azur.
Scott Brash ritt an die Spitze, gefolgt von Altmeister John Whitaker | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Monaco, Britischer Doppelsieg in der GCT – Christian Ahlmann als bester deutscher Reiter auf Platz 7
Vor malerischer Kulisse gleich am Yachthafen von Monte Carlo wurde die siebte Etappe der Global Champions Tour (GCT) ausgetragen. Die Briten feierten einen Doppelsieg: Scott Brash ritt an die Spitze, gefolgt von Altmeister John Whitaker. Christian Ahlmann (Marl) und Taloubet Z wurden nach zwei fehlerfreien Umläufen, aber einem Abwurf im Stechen, Siebte.
The stage is set for top riders to compete in the glamour of Monaco | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Monaco, The stage is set for top riders to compete in the glamour of Monaco
The seventh leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour will see the very best show jumpers in the world return to the glamour of Monaco for this historic round of competition on the French Riviera.
With riders from the show jumping heartlands of Germany and the UK, plus top competitors from Japan, Ukraine and Morocco amongst those in contention for the prestigious Grand Prix win, the stage will be set for an action packed weekend, with riders competing in the 75m x 28m sand arena nestled between the superyachts and famous Formula 1 pitlane set up.