The CSI5* competition at the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour Mexico City opened with the Trofeo Heineken 1.45m (Heineken Trophy) on a gorgeous Friday at Campo Marte. Forty-nine starters took their first gallop across the green grass, competing in a power and speed format against the clock. Once clean in the first phase, riders continued on to the second phase, with David Will (GER) taking the tidiest and fastest second phase track for the win aboard the lovely 10 year old grey mare Monodie H. With a colorful set of jumps showing the flare of Mexico, Uliano Vezzani of Italy set a welcoming course for this first class of what is certain to increase in difficulty as the weekend proceeds.
Jerome Guery (BEL) and his 10 year old Belgian gelding Grand Cru van de Rozenberg set the pace early in the class, holding the lead at what seemed to be an unbeatable 28.75s. Nineteen rides later, Laura Renwick effectively rode the young Irish mare WHS Washington just a notch faster for the lead in 28.45s. However it was not for long as two rounds later Swail stopped the clock in 28.24s, presumably the win. With the class almost complete, forty-fifth in the ring, Will clocked in at 27.40s, stealing the top spot from Irishman Swail by an impressive .75 seconds. Swail finished second and Renwick rounded out the top three.
Twenty-year old talent Jos Verlooy (BEL) spoke about the course during the commentary on GCL TV described it as “a nice warm-up for the horses. The ground is super.” Verlooy rode Copernicus Stables LLC’s young stallion Caracas, whom he is quite pleased with, claiming he improves with each class.