Victory for Dutch Harrie Smolders when surpassing by 9 hundredths of second to Belgian Nicola Philippaerts. Alberto Michán of Mexico within the points. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The second leg of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour began in Miami Beach, FL with the adjusted victory of Dutchman Harrie Smolders.
In the company of 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan), Smolders completed his double phase in 25.64 seconds to earn 50 World Ranking points plus a prize of €8,250. Grown in the sand of the famous South Beach beach, the winner was a narrow 9-second lead over Belgian Nicola Philippaerts, who finished second stopping the clock in 25.73 seconds with 13-year-old mare Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco). On the other hand the situation remained very closed until the fifth position, being escorted the Belgian in the third place by his fellowmen Jos Verlooy in 26.52 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Napa Valley (Nintender x Pit I), fourth place was another Dutchman on the pitch with Leopold van Asten recording a time of 26.62 seconds with 10-year-old mare VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco-Blue x Aldatus) and fifth was Bassem Hassan Mohammed of Qatar with 11-year-old gelding Argelith Squid (Salito x Gibraltar) in 26.98 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Alberto Michan of Mexico was the only one that finished within the FEI Ranking points in the 12th place, completing his presentation in 30.62 seconds with 10-year-old mare Handy van HD (Tinka’s Bpy x Nabab de Reve), while out of the points was Brazilian Yuri Mansur in box 24th with Babylote (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) totaling 4 faults in the double phase, Carlos López of Colombia exceeded the agree time of first phase being penalized with 1 foul with Ulhane de Conde (Jarnac x Corland) in 29th place and Brazilian Eduardo Menezes with 6 faults in the first phase was 50th with Quintol (Quintender x Cento).
For the PanAm Ranking also finished with World Ranking Points US rider Audrey Coulter in 7th place in a clear double phase of 27.56 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Cas 2 (Indoctro x Numero Uno). Number One of the Word McLain Ward from United State and best seed of the competition, exceed the agree time of Phase 1 to finished in 33rd place.