Swedish Evelina Tovek was the winner and big surprise of €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome, beating Dutchman Harrie Smolders. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The 14th Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour had the great and pleasant surprise of the Swedish Evelina Tovek crowning herself as the winner.
Being the penultimate round of the 2017 LGCT calendar, Evelina Tovek was one of three riders qualifiers into the course designed by Italy’s Uliano Vezzani, where the winner guided her nine-year-old gelding Castello 194 (Cristallo x Lifestyle) owned by Susanne Tovek, in what has undoubtedly been the most important results of her career, with a time of 50.71 seconds.
For 24-year-old Swede Evelina Tovek, she now barely represented her third FEI victory, but one of them was a U25 class this year and the other came August 7, 2015, where she added in each 50 points and today was awarded by 150 World Ranking Points.
Achieving her best result to date for the world number 384, Evelina Tovek topped the new LGCT Ranking leader Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands, who thanks to today’s result totals 278 points by LGCT Ranking. To finish second, Harrie Smolders recorded the second and final double clear round with the 13-year-old stallion Don VHP Z (Diamand de Semilly x Voltaire) in 52.43 seconds, while third place to complete the 3 jump-off classified was German Marcus Ehning with the 12-year-old stallion Funky Fred (For Pleasure x Pilot) in a field of 4 fouls and 47.90 seconds.
Two great stars were in charge of occupying the fourth and fifth place with Scott Brash of Great Britain accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) in a 4 fouls regular round in 69.57 seconds and escorted by French Kevin Staut with the 11-year-old gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker) in time of 70.45 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Carlos López of Colombia finished in sixth place, with an excellent regular round of 4 faults in 70.46 seconds next to the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) owned by S.A.S. Haras Des Coudrettes, which took the South American rider 75 World Ranking Points. On the other hand and passing to the Pan-American Ranking with the outstanding performance of Carlos López, was the four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze completing the same 4 fouls, but slower in 72.90 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Coco Bongo (Caretino x Warm), finishing in 11th polace.
The best seed of the class was the World Number 2 Italian Lorenzo de Luca, taking second place in the LGCT Ranking 18 points below the leader, after completing in 4 faults his regular round with the 10-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) finishing seventh, leaving all the scene served for the last sleeve of in Doha.