British Emma Stoker took the victory in Portugal, being their advantage of only 4 hundredths of a second before the home rider Duarte Romao. (Photo © oneclick)
British rider Emma Stoker completed a formidable jump-off round and secured the victory at CSI3* Vilamoura Grand Prix.
Sharing a bag of €25,000 among top ranked, Emma Stoker recorded a time of 43.27 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Townhead Talulah V (Tabasco La Silla x Calvados), securing 50 World Ranking Points managing to overcome by only 4 hundredths of a second to her closest follower.
World number 260 Emma Stoker added her sixth FEI victory, leaving the Portuguese rider Duarte Romao with his 9-year-old mare Utopie d’Bonneville (Landor S x Jalisco B) relegated to second place and with the desire to his qualify at home.
For the jump-off 9 qualifying riders participated, but only three completed the two double clear rounds with Sweden’s Irma Karlsson finishing third with the 12-year-old gelding Starling 7 (Stakkato x Calvaro) in 44.27 seconds and accompanied her for the Top 5 Pedro Antonio Mateos Bernaldez of Spain, culminating fourth with the 9-year-old gelding Uelem Croze (Rosire) in 43.38 seconds with 4 faults, closing the fifth place Irish Harry Marshall next to the ten-year-old stallion Chirokko M (Diamant de Semilly x Chin Chin) in 43.59 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Brazilian Joao Victor Castro was in eighth place, after getting his jump-off with the 10-year-old gelding Quentin PJ (Quidam de Revel x Escudo 19), could not decipher the course designed by Portuguese Bernardo Costa Cabral, eliminating the South American pair. Also participated Brazilian Felipe Ramos Guinato finishing in 4 fouls next to the 13-year-old gelding Zenzero (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Burggraaf) in 16th position with which both riders managed to add World Ranking Points.