Bassem Mohammed of Qatar shined at home to win the last Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2017. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The Qatar rider Bassem Mohammed had a convincing demonstration in his jump-off round to win the 15th LGCT Grand Prix 2017.
Undoubtedly representing the second most important victory of his career, the 30-year old rider Bassem Mohammed had to wait for 3 years to get an AA Rank victory, but today he was before his crowd, representing €400,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha .
Securing 150 World Ranking Points with its resounding jump-off round, the world number 119 Bassem Mohammed was presented with the 11-year-old gelding Gunder (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Randel Z) owned by Qatar Equestrian Federation, to record a time of 35.31 seconds and surpass the Swiss rider Janika Sprunger, who was presented with the 11-year-old stallion Bacardi VDL (Corland x Kannan) finishing her jump-off in 37.34 seconds.
Of the 24 pairs that started the regular round on course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, 9 riders qualified for the jump-off and 4 of them would complete a double clear round, being the third place owner European champion and two-time Olympic medalist Peder Fredricson. from Sweden, completing the course in 37.41 seconds with 10-year-old gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados), leaving the last double clear round for Maikel van der Vleuten from Holland, who undoubtedly lives an excellent sporting moment taking over fourth place with the 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi Tn (Quidam by Revel x Landgraf I) in 37.76 seconds.
The previous class winner and world number 3 Kevin Staut of France occupied the fifth place to complete the Top 5 next to 11-year-old stallion Silver Deux de Virton H D C (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker) in 4 fouls and time of 35.39 seconds.
By Pan American Ranking Four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze finishing 11th with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II), for a regular round of 4 fouls, same fate as American rider Lauren Hough along with her 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) in 14th place and out of points and also American rider Paris Sellon finished with 8 fouls in 20th place, accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Cassandra (Caressini L x Cardento).
The LGCT Grand Prix winners this season were Martin Fuchs of Switzerland, Jerome Guery of Belgium, Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, Kent Farrington of the United States of America, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson of Sweden, Spaniard Sergio Álvarez Moya, Alberto Zorzi of Italy, the Frenchman Julien Epaillard, Daniel Goldstein of Israel, Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands, German Christian Ahlmann, Scott Brash of Great Britain, Italian Lorenzo de Luca being the only one to repeat, Evelina Tovek of Sweden and Bassem Mohammed of Qatar.