Belgian Rep. Gregory Wathelet took a minimum advantage of 22 hundredths of a second in the tiebreaking round against Irishman Bertram Allen and 2 seconds behind German Daniel Deusser. Carlos Lopez in the 19th position. (Photo © sportfot)
Week CSI 5* Longines Masters of Paris closed with the stellar class and the victory of the Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet when disputing Longines Grand Prix that distributed €350,000.
Beginning with 45 pairs the regular round and classifying 8 to the tiebreaker in a field designed by Uliano Vezzani very technical and complicated for the competition, the representative of Belgium would get the highest honors with the 12-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) owned by Daniel Demartin, a result that would allow the winner to add 150 World Ranking points and a prize of €115,500, in a clear demonstration of talent to complete his route in 41.86 seconds.
Being a disputed final and the difference of only 22 hundredths of a second, the Irishman Bertram Allen would take second place with the 9-year-old stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck) registering in his tiebreaker 42.08 seconds. A total of 4 double clears would complete the Grand Prix with German Daniel Deusser taking the third place by stopping the clock in 43.81 seconds with the 12-year-old Equita van’t Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco) owned by Stephex Stables and the last double clear was British veteran John Whitaker with the 11-year-old mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) scoring 47.35 seconds.
By the Latin Carlos Lopez of Colombia it would not be able to classify the tiebreaker, being the last route of 4 fouls in the regular round with the 11-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) in time of 75.77 seconds. While for the Pan-American Ranking US Lauren Hough and US McLain Ward finished in positions 10th and 11th with fields of 4 faults equally.
The two top seeds of the competition had the world number 2 Frenchman Simon Delestre completing a better week with the seventh place in the Grand Prix and the German Christian Ahlmann, number 1 of the world, got the last points of the day in the 16th place, with one rail down that did not allow him to qualify for the tiebreaker.