Italian rider Alberto Zorzi won for the first time in the LGCT, being the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix and seventh leg of the Tour, beating Christian Ahlmann, Kevin Staut and Scott Brash in the jump-off. Jack Towell in 6th place. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Italian rider Alberto Zorzi took his first win at the Longines Global Champions Tour by dominating the seventh Grand Prix of the season in a very exciting tiebreaking round.
After classifying 25 pairs to the best class of the week, the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco was divided into a course designed by Belgian Luc Musette, where only 4 riders got their classification led by Alberto Zorzi.
The first to return was German Christian Ahlmann World number 6, setting the pace of the class in 38.20 seconds without knockdowns alongside the 9-year-old mare Dolocia (Verdi x Furore), to leave all the pressure on the three remaining riders. Then another former World Ranking leader and current No. 8 Scott Brash of Great Britain, was approaching to complete his field in 39.14 seconds, but he demolished two rails to totaling 8 faults along with the 11-year-old gelding Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor), giving way to Frenchman World Number 7 Kevin Staut and former leader of the Ranking too, to lower the rhythm a little and finish in 4 fouls with 41.05 seconds displacing Brash to third, accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding For Joy van’T Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker).
With everything ready and looking like Christian Ahlmann had put definitive figures to the seventh Grand Prix of 2017, a surprising Alberto Zorzi of Italy World number 35, arrived at the final jump without demolitions, under a silence of the attending crowd to show when it had stopped the clock with his 37.80 seconds, being the best of the night and decreeing him like a winner alongside the 11-year-old gelding Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido) owned by Victory Equestrian Sport BV.
In this way Alberto Zorzi took 150 World Ranking Points, making it no doubt the most important FEI victory of his career, where he already collects five victories to date, but it is the first time he savored the triumph in a stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
By the Pan American and Latino Ranking American Jack Towell was the more outstanding in 6th place with the 11-year-old gelding Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur), to completed the most fasted regular round in 4 fouls and 69.24 seconds. Yuri Mansur of Brazil managed to get points in the 11th place, representing 45 World Ranking Points, to complete without a doubt the week of Monaco as the most outstanding by the Latinos, appearing on this occasion with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) in course of 4 fouls and 72.36 seconds. The Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli also finished 16th with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gothardsen) with 4 fouls in 73.31 seconds. Also participate form US Jessica Springsteen to finished 17th, Jennifer Gates was 24th and Lauren Hough retired.
The best seed of the Grand Prix, World Ranking Leader and Pan American Ranking Leader Kent Farrington of the United States, failed to classify the jump-off, after it demolished a pole in its regular round next to the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris ), occupying the ninth place with 4 fouls and 71.58 seconds..