Darragh Kenny of Ireland completed an excellent opening day in Shanghai, taking the victory after finishing second in previous class. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Irishman Darragh Kenny completed an excellent first day of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour Shanghai, the Tour’s third leg and where the 29-year-old rider became the star of the competition when also he finished second at first hour.
Introduced with 10-year-old gelding Charly Chaplin S (Harley Vdl x Burggraaf), the winner who took 100 World Ranking points, leading the tiebreaker to complete a course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani in 38.87 seconds, cutting with the avalanche of Germans and Belgians riders who occupied from second to seventh place. So Darragh Kenny had a day to remember with his two results of the day that ended up contributing 145 FEI Ranking points plus €56,150. For other hand German David Will finished in second place, registering 39.10 seconds with 17-year-old mare Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) and third place Belgian Jos Verlooy with 12-year-old stallion Caracas (Casall x Colman) in 39.82 seconds.
The Latino Ranking had two participants with Brazilian Eduardo Menezes finishing in 20th position, being the fastest 4-foul field in regular round with 10-year-old stallion Chacgrano (Chacco-Blue x Grannus), while Mexican rider Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega knocked down two sticks totaling 8 fouls in 37th position next to 11-year-old gelding Group Prom Barola (Ustinov x Zeus). Passing to Pan American Ranking, the Americans Laura Kraut and Hardin Towell were within points in the eighth and thirteenth place.
With respect to best seed of the class that also had validity for the first competition of the Global Champions League, World No. 3 Daniel Deusser of Germany occupied the 11th place in tiebreaker round of 46.49 seconds with 14-year-old gelding Clintop (Clinton I x Calvaro Z).