With clear demonstration and forceful tie-breaker the Spanish rider maintained near distance of 2 seconds with the Austrian Max Kühner. Carlos Lopez of Colombia finished in the third place. (Photo © mercedes-csi.ch)
The most important class of the week at FEI events held in different continents of the world had the CSI 5*-W Zurich as the main attraction of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Longines FEI World Cup, which distributed 225,000 CHF.
With 38 entries registered for the competition, only 9 would qualify for the tiebreaker with Spaniard Eduardo Alvarez Aznar in stellar plan dominating the Grand Prix that allowed him to take the car in dispute for the winner, marking a clear advantage with the 12-year-old stallion Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Mar (L’arc de Triomphe x Apache d’Adriers) owned by Kaliyuga SL.
With his time of 36.20 seconds, Alvarez Aznar had a advantage of 2 seconds over his closest rival Austrian Max Kühner who finished in second-place with 12-year-old gelding Cornet Kalua (Cornet Obolensky x Platin) in time of 38.03 seconds in its round.
For the third place was the Colombian Carlos Lopez, being the most outstanding by the Latin and Pan Am Ranking in what was undoubtedly a very productive week for the South American, who got to add two second places and today with the third place that represented him 90 FEI Ranking points, to complete a productive January month in his Ranking account, which will help him to climb several positions, not only in the World Ranking, but also in the Latin an Pan Am Ranking. With 12-year-old gelding Admara (Padinus x Murano) owned by S.A.S. Haras des Grillons, Lopez completed his clear round in 38.43 seconds.
With respect to the Brazilian Yuri Mansur and the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) did not classify the jump-off, finishing its presentation with a total of 6 faults and 76.09 seconds.
Going to the best seed of the competition and world number 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany, he did not get a solid result that allowed him to score points, finishing in the 30th place with 12 fouls, a situation that could cost him being dropped from the top of the FEI Ranking.