Egyptian rider Abdel Said did the work in the double phase for opening the ninth round of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Ben Maher second, followed by Brazilians Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Yuri Mansur. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
With right foot started the Egyptian rider Abdel Said to dominate the first class of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Cascais, Estoril, doing the work in the double phase to take 50 World Ranking Points.
Dominating the course designed by the German Frank Rothemberger for 24 pairs, Abdel Said accompanied by the 9-year-old stallion S I E C Captain Future Z (Chellano Z x Dollar de la Pierre) completed his tour in 24.72 seconds, meaning the fourth LGCT victory for the Egyptian.
In second place Ben Maher of Great Britain, little by little adding good results and today was also the exception with his sober demonstration next to the 12-year-old Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz) to mark a time of 25.15 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking, its former leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil ranked third, bringing the 40 FEI Ranking Points in good presentation with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) in time of 25.29 seconds. Equally, his fellowman Yuri Mansur escorted him in fourth place, recording a time of 25.37 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde), registering 35 World Ranking Points in his month account. For his part, the Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, also managed to score points in the 13th position, totaling 4 fouls in 32.30 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan).
The best seed of the class was the World Number 9 Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands, occupying the sixth place with the 11-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Caletto I).