Fourth victory in January for the Belgian rider and number 5 in the world, which certainly has established itself as one of the best in you present time, settling in the jump-off to the Irish Denis Lynch and Swiss Martin Fuchs. (Photo © mercedes-csi.ch)
Becoming the fourth win for the Belgian Gregory Wathelet in FEI class, this time achieved victory in the Longines Grand Prix CSI5* in Zurich concluding the first day of activities and representing 80 points more in the month to number 5 of the world at the present time.
After the Grand Prix started with the participation of 44 pairs, all would be defined in the tiebreaker with 16 qualifiers headed Wathelet and the horse Citizenguard Taalex (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Alexis Z) a 12-years-old stallion, completing its journey in a formidable clear round and time of 34.94 seconds. With the victory Gregory claimed 33,000 Swiss Francs in what has undoubtedly been one of the best months in his career at the level of effective results to take hold among the main references in the show jumping world.
For the second Irishman Denis Lynch and 13-years-old stallion All Star (Argentinus x Alme) owned by Lynch and Thomas Straumann, stopped the clock at 36.48 seconds in a very good display, able to overcome the representative of home Martin Fuchs occupying the third place with 10-years-old gelding Clooney (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) by difference of 12 hundredths of a second.
The fourth and fifth place to complete the highlights five Grand Prix were held by the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann and Giljandro van den Bosrand (Orlando x Clinton) in time of 36.64 seconds, just 4 hundredths of second slower than Fuschs, while the fifth was the Dutchman Harrie Smolders and Don Vhp Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) with 37.17 seconds.
By US Audrey Coulter from PAEC Ranking was the only representative, she finished his presentation in 23rd with Domino (Thunder go Zuuthoeve x Azur Depaulstra) knocking a stick to total 4 fouls in 57.48 seconds.