Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia won the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League, presented by Caixa Bank. (Photo © casasnovas.com)
Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander won the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League in La Coruña.
With the participation of 40 pairs on course designed by Santiago Varela of Spain, the seventh of 13th legs was made for the Western European League, but only 8 riders would have the chance to win with their tiebreaker classification, with the highest honors for Edwina Tops-Alexander.
That was how the Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander with the 10-year-old mare California (l’Esprit x Libero H) secured a prize of €108,900 with her first place, 150 World Ranking points and climbing to sixth place in the League standings with 35 points, led by Swiss Steve Guerdat with 43 points.
With a time of 40.08 seconds for Edwina Tops-Alexander, the second place was taken by Austrian rider Max Kühner with the 10-year-old stallion Chardonnay (Clarimo x Corrado I) in 42.33 seconds and third place home rider Manuel Fernández Saro with the 10-year-old gelding Cuidam (Verdi x Chellano) finished in 43.89 seconds.
The last double clear round of the World Cup presented by Caixa Bank was for Irish rider Denis Lynch accompanied by the 14-year-old stallion All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) in 45.77 seconds, while closing the top five finishers and achieving the best time of the tiebreaker in 39.97 seconds, Egyptian rider Sameh El Dahan with the 13-year-old mare Suma’s Zorro (Ard Vdl Douglas) knocking down a pole to total 4 fouls.
Turning to the Latino Ranking the best placed was Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho finishing seventh with the 12-year-old gelding Chaccomo (Chacco-Blue x Contender), completing his tiebreaker in 4 fouls and 44.72 seconds. Equally his countryman Marlon Modolo Zanotelli managed to add World Ranking points with his tenth place, after finishing in 4 fouls his regular round and a time of 75.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin).
On the other hand Carlos Lopez of Colombia was out of the points accumulating 4 faults in his regular round, but more slower in 80.47 seconds with his 12-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano).
The best seed of the class was world number 5 Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten with the 9-year-old mare Idi Utopia (Quasimodo Z x Darco), taking part in the jump-off and finishing eighth.
After seven legs Steve Guerdat of Switzerland remains first, followed by Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Kevin Staut of France in third.
The next Western European League event will be next week at London Olympia representing the eighth leg, being dominated the last four legs by French Simon Delestre and Roger Yves Bost, Swiss Steve Guerdat and now Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander.