Lorenzo de Luca got his fifth Tour win, won to date in five of the six legs in which he has appeared. Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela within the points. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The Italian rider World Number 4 Lorenzo de Luca was credited his fifth victory of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour, dominating the €120,000 Massimo Dutti Eiffel Challenge, last class of the LGCT Paris.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani saw his fellowman dominate the jump-off with 11 qualifiers, stopping the clock in 35.89 seconds alongside the 10-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) owned by Stephex Stables. With the result Lorenzo de Luca added 100 World Ranking Points, maintaining his good streak of victories in five of the six legs in which he has participated this year, being only dodgy Madrid, where he finished second in one of the classes.
For second place one of the crowd favorites Roger Yves Bost “Bosty” escorted the winner in time of 36.32 seconds, performing with the 11-year-old mare Sydney use Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa D’elle), while third place was for Briton Ben Maher, completing his run in 36.37 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Quilata (Quidam of Revel x Latus I), with which he had already won this week.
The Top 5 was completed in fourth place by Pieter Devos of Belgium accompanied with the 12-year-old gelding Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) achieving a time of 36.72 seconds and fifth place was Bertram Allen of Ireland, presented with the 9-year-old stallion GK Casper (Corner x Quantum) to finish in 37.20 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, who unfortunately exceeded the time allowed for regular round in 58 hundredths of a second, was penalized with 1 foul next to the 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan) to finished in the 12th position, to earn 20 World Ranking Points.
By the Pan American Ranking was a good figure the American rider Jessica Springsteen in sixth place, being the last double clear round of the class in 40.98 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Cynar v. (Clarimo x Alcatraz).
The best seed of the competition was world number 2 German Daniel Deusser, completing an unproductive week and finishing this time in 27th place with the 11-year-old gelding Cortani (Cornet Obolensky x Athletico).