Daniel Deusser magnificent in thrilling Massimo Dutti Trophy | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
A high-drama final CSI5* class of the 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour sent temperatures soaring as Daniel Deusser (GER) won the Massimo Dutti Trophy in an incredible four rider jump-off.
Fans were treated to a phenomenal display of top show jumping from the world’s very best, as riders fought hard for a share of the €270,000 prize purse in a challenging course to finish the weekend of top sport and entertainment. With almost €1.5million on offer across LGCT and GCL throughout the weekend, the heavy-weight riders pulled out all the stops, with the Massimo Dutti Trophy a spectacular finish to the Shanghai leg of the Championship.
Lorenzo tops LGCT Ranking in Shanghai sizzler | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) rocketed to the top of the LGCT Rankings, after a stunning Grand Prix win at the Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour today – his debut victory on the Tour.
The Italian star has collected a tally of 100 points overall, knocking Martin Fuchs (SUI) from the lead and revving up the Championship fight. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) has shot up to second, with another podium contributing to his score of 89 points. Scott Brash’s (GBR) solid consistency throughout the first three legs of the season was rewarded with a jump up to third place, where he sits on 75 points.
Panthers turn up the championship heat after Shanghai GCL Final | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
Paris Panthers turned up the heat in the Global Champions League ranking with a thrilling win in Shanghai with fans on the edge of their seats until the final fence. Darragh Kenny and Jack Hardin Towell sealed victory after a major upset saw leading team St Tropez Pirates tumble from pole position to 8th overall.
Pirates In Pole Position For Heavyweight Shanghai GCL Final | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
St Tropez Pirates took the lead in the opening round of the Global Champions League in Shanghai setting up a tense final tomorrow. Simon Delestre – who’s proving a strong anchor for the team so far – and Julien Epaillard blazed the trail in today’s €155,000 class. Only 9 points behind the leaders Valkenswaard United, they are now in hot contention to take over the lead.
Official kick off for weekend of world class horse power in China | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
The Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour has been officially declared open as the pre-event press conference kicked off the start of the third leg of the 2017 Championship. In a prelude to the three day event in Shanghai, where eight out of the world’s top ten will compete for top honours as well as the fight for the highly anticipated Global Champions League, anticipation is building for what promises to be another sensational leg of the 15-event series.
Power Combinations Revealed for GCL Shanghai | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
Powerful combinations of top riders will be in action at the third leg of the Global Champions League as teams reveal the athletes for the first round of competition.
The cavalcade of show jumping stars in action at the GCL in Shanghai underlines the fiercely tactical decisions being made about which riders and horses are fielded at different events for maximum advantage.
8 out of World’s Top 10 at Stunning LGCT Shanghai | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
A formidable 8 of the world’s top 10 riders will be heading to Shanghai, China, for the third leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League season, where an impressive €1,250,000 of prize money will be on offer over the weekend.
LGCT in Shanghai 2016 – The Podium of the LGCT Grand Prix of Shanghai | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Christian Ahlmann reitet auf Platz fünf der Global Champions Tour
Der Triumph war zum Greifen nah: Marco Kutscher (Bad Essen) führte mit dem Hengst Van Gogh das Stechen des Großen Preises der Global Champions Tour in Shanghai fehlerfrei und in Bestzeit an. Doch dann unterbot als letzter Starter Abdullah Al Sharbatly aus Saudi Arabien die Zeit um drei zehntel Sekunden und schnappte Kutscher den Sieg und die 160.000 Euro Preisgeld vor der Nase weg.
Young Show Jumping Stars Shine in Sensational Shanghai Global Champions League | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
It was another phenomenal round of intense action with the competition down to the wire in Shanghai as the Global Champions League made its fourth stop on the 2016 Championship. 25 year old Andreas Kreuzer (GER) teamed up with 27 year old David Will (GER) for the first time to represent the Cascais Charms and the pair delivered a flawless performance over the two round class to take a magnificent win. It was Andreas’ debut on the League, and speaking about the unique opportunity to compete on this level, Andreas said: “It’s an unbelievable experience for all of us. It’s a totally different feeling to ride in this type of competition.“
Sharbatly Seizes Grand Prix Win As New Multi-Year Deal For Shanghai LGCT Announced | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
A breathtaking Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix jump off had fans on the edge of their seats as Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) and Tobalio emerged victorious ahead of Marco Kutscher (GER) and Van Gogh, and Marc Houtzager (NED) with Sterrehof’s Calimero.
After the showcase competition it was revealed that Longines Global Champions Tour and partner Juss Event have signed a long-term agreement for the future of the event in Shanghai, which has become a dynamic fixture on the circuit’s international calendar.