Published: Saturday, June 29th 2013
Scott Brash wins big for Great Britain in Massimo Dutti Prix
Photo credit: Stafano Grasso/ Longines Global Champions Tour
Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash executed an impressive attack on Christina Liebherr's lead aboard his Belgian-bred gelding Bon Ami. Fashioned as one of the top speed combinations for this season, Scott and Bon Ami have pushed their way up the ranks of the WBFSH rankings to land 25th in the world. Watching the combination today, who have been together for almost 9 years, one can certainly understand their world position.
The beginning of the class proved to be rather disappointing for many riders as the surrounding spectators had to wait quite awhile for the first clear round of the evening. It was the thirteenth combination from Switzerland, Christina Liebherr aboard L.B. Callas Sitte Z, who landed the first clear score of the Massimo Dutti Prix.
Despite many attempts, plenty of riders fell victim to the 1.50 track which offered tight turns and plenty of width in the oxers to challenge the riders. Top combinations such as Jane Richard Philips and Pablo de Virton, Laura Renwick and Oz de Breve and Michel Robert riding Nenuphar'Jac could not complete a clear round and earn a spot in the winnings.
It was not until Great Britain's Olympic gold medallist and iceman extraordinaire Scott Brash in 3oth position, did we see the union jack take over the lead and bump Switzerland down to second place. Italy's Juan Carlos Garcia attempted to take over the number one spot but alas his time was only good enough for second place. The USA's speedy combination, Lauren Hough and Ohlala, came late in the class with a strong probability of taking over the lead but they too were not fast enough and Lauren had to settle for third place.
As we drew nearer and nearer to the end of the class, Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W delivered an efficient clear round as the third-to-last combination to compete in the class. Without her trainer and mentor, Laura Kraut on the ground, Jessica certainly held her own amidst the world's best, jumping clean and easy. It seems very evident, the deeper Jessica gets into the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour season, the more and more this young jockey proves herself within the ring.
As soon as Switzerland's Clarrisa Crossa crossed the finish line, the scores were tallied and it was Great Britain's Scott Brash who would take home the Massimo Dutti Prix title. Congratulations to the Scottish-born Scott Brash for another speedy win to add to the list.
- Richard Spooner and Denis Lynch were on formidable form in the opening 5* class of the event. Spooner and Billy Bianca effortlessly completed Luc Musette’s course in the compact sand arena in only 31.73. Luck was on the American’s side after he badly rattled the Massimo Dutti fence but left the pole intact sealing victory in the 1.45m class.
Ireland’s Denis Lynch and Night Train followed up with an efficient clear in 33.12 finishing in second place.
Watched by Princess Caroline of Hannover and her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi the competition was first salvo in what promises to be a stunning weekend of sport and glamour on the French Riviera.
Royal flavour ahead of tonight's Longines Pro Am Cup of Monaco
Photo credit: Stefano Grasso/Longines GLobal Champions Tour
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hannover have added Royal Patronage to the second day of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Monte-Carlo.
The distinguished Royal guests were accompanied by Charlotte Casiraghi, Honorary President of the annual event (pictured here presenting a trophy to yesterday’s winning rider Richard Spooner).
The scene is set for another thrilling competition on the shores of the Mediterranean, in what has become one of the essential fixtures on the Monaco sporting calendar. With an exclusive party on the top deck of the Rider’s Lounge overlooking Monaco’s world famous harbour, it promises to be a night of fast-paced sport and Riviera glamour.
This evening’s Longines Pro Am Cup is set to be hugely entertaining with international sponsors backing teams of professional and amateur riders. Two-time series winner Edwina Tops-Alexander is teaming up with French actor Guillaume Canet, husband of actress Marion Cotillard. Other leading riders include Michael Whitaker, Richard Spooner, Simon Delestre, Roger-Yves Bost and Michel Robert.
Lightning quick Longines Pro Am victory ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix
Photo credit: Stefano Grasso/ Longines Global Champions Tour
It was fast and furious show jumping in Monte-Carlo tonight with a lightning victory in the Longines Pro-Am Cup ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix spectacular.
Princess Caroline of Hannover and her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi presented the trophy to the victorious CTM team of professional rider Mark McAuley and young amateur rider Maddalena Valenzano Menada.
Earlier Charlotte Casiraghi, who created the special team event for the Monaco show, said: “It is a very special event here in Monaco and the Pro Am Cup is really exciting for people to watch. It’s fun for the professional riders and good experience for the young amateurs.”
- Tomorrow the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco Grand Prix sees the best in the world locking horns for supremacy in the ranking race of 2013. The sixth leg of the championship series is poised to deliver another shake up of the ranking board in the tough 1.60m class in the compact sand arena next to Monaco’s yacht harbour.
Tonight the Longines Pro Am Cup was an entertaining curtain raiser ahead of the big 5* event of the weekend. Amateur riders in white polo shirts and professionals in red polos emblazoned with their sponsor logos teamed up for the thrilling competition. VIP hospitality lodges around the arena were packed with the deck lights on the super yachts in the background adding extra stardust to the occasion.
The winning CTM team raced home in 67.99 in the jump off, beating the HSBC Private Bank team of Richard Spooner and Claire Beecroft who finished in 68.86. Other sponsors of the popular competition included Longines, Gucci, Sapinda, Magic Millions, Amade Monaco, Monaco Equestrian Federation, Fares Farms, Olympe Capital, Expert Blue, Equidia Life, Faconnable and Merit Capital.
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