Danielle Goldstein of Israel was the big surprise to win the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cascais, Estoril to close the ninth leg of the Tour. Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands second. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The ninth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour held in Cascais, Portugal, had the great surprise of Danielle Goldstein of Israel, to take the victory of the Grand Prix.
After winning there spot for top 25 riders of the week, the course design by Frank Rothemberger of Germany was commissioned to set up and look for the ninth winner of the season, where the Israeli rider Danielle Goldstein would be the big surprise with the 11-year-old mare Lizziemary (Cabri d’Elle x Acord II), being her first 2017 FEI victory as well as first in the LGCT.
With five pairs classified as the jump-off, the world number 360 Danielle Goldstein achieved an unbeatable time of 45.56 seconds to be the first of two double clear rounds that earned her 150 World Ranking Points, surpassing thus the world number 9 Maikel Van der Vleuten of the Netherlands and best seed, recording a time of 47.03 seconds with the 12-year-old mare VDL Groep Arera C (Indoctro x Voltaire).
The best time of the tiebreaker was for Swiss rider Martin Fuchs, winner of the first Grand Prix of the year in Mexico, but now he shot down a pole with the 11-year-old gelding Clooney (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) in 44.93 seconds to left him in the third place. Bertram Allen of Ireland entered last in the order, but he said goodbye very fast in aspiring for the victory, completing his field in 4 fouls and 46.05 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) finishing in fourth place and fifth place was Jos Verlooy of Belgium along with the 12-year-old stallion Caracas (Casall x Colman) scored a slower pace in 48.75 seconds with 4 fouls.
The representatives of the Pan American Ranking and Latino Ranking were led by young American rider Jennifer Gates in seventh place, completing their field in 4 fouls and 73.26 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Luftikus S (Levisto x Kolibri). By the Latins Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil obtained the same 4 fouls in 77.03 seconds next to the 11-year-old mare Sirene de la Motte (Apache d’Adriers x Uriel d’Orval) in ninth place and the Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade followed them in 11th place with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quincy x Alme) in time of 78.39 seconds.