Gregory Wathelet of Belgium guided the tiebreaker to beat by only 9 hundredths of a second to Frenchman Simon Delestre. Daniel Deusser of Germany third and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil fifth. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The first day of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Monaco, closed with great emotions and a very tight end in the dispute of the Massimo Dutti Trophy won by the Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet.
Winning a tight victory by a difference of 9 hundredths of a second, Gregory Wathelet completed his tiebreaker round in 30.72 seconds with Daniel Demartin’s 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar). Distributing a prize of €92,000 and valid as the first competition of the Global Champions League, Wathelet took 100 World Ranking Points and his second Tour victory of the year.
For the second place the Frenchman and world number 10 Simon Delestre, could not face the number 19th in the Ranking, after stopping the clock in 30.81 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto 4), but got 80 FEI Ranking Points. The third position in what was a fight of former World Ranking leaders, was the German Daniel Deusser current world number 2, being presented with the 10-year-old gelding SX Hidalgo v. (Quadrillo x Andiamo) and finalize in 31.21 seconds.
Of the 20 pair qualify to the jump-off, a total of 11 left with double clear round in their presentations, being the fourth place for the Frenchman Kevin Staut next to the 11-year-old mare Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy) in time of 31.75 seconds.
For the Latino and Pan-American Ranking, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil has been able to improve his position with respect to the previous class and now he was fifth, accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Sirene de la Motte (Apache d’Adriers x Uriel d’Orval) adding 55 FEI Ranking Points in 31.83 seconds. Equally his countryman Yuri Mansur along with the 13-year-old mare Unita Ask (Corrado I x Caretino) sneaked inside the points in the ninth place with a time of 34.29 seconds, representing him 35 World Ranking Points and finished the group with points US Olympic medal Lauren Hough in 10th place next to the 14-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX) in 34.51 seconds.
Outside the points ended the Americans Jessica Springsteen in 18th, Jennifer Gates was 26th, Lucy Davis 28th and Jack Towell 29th. Mexicans Enrique Gonzalez in 32nd and Jose Alberto Hernandez Ortega 35th, when US Paris Sellon retired.