Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands took the victory in the tenth Grand Prix of the 2017 LGCT, being his second victory of the Tour and surpassing the British Scott Brash. Carlos Lopez of Colombia in fourth place. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
World number 22 Dutch rider Harrie Smolders became the tenth winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, beating his closest rival in the tiebreaking round for 1.19 seconds.
For the course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani, a total of 24 riders arrived to the tenth Grand Prix, where only 4 of the pairs got their jump-off pass and an unbeatable Harrie Smolders secured 150 World Ranking Points in a class that distributed € 300,000 for the top 12 ranked.
Registering a time of 41.63 seconds, Harrie Smolders with the 13-year-old stallion Emerald N.O.P. (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago Z) secured their second LGCT victory and their fourth 2017 FEI win, beating the first of three double clear rounds to former world leader Scott Brash of Great Britain, who was without a doubt the most outstanding rider of the week in Chantilly.
In case of Scott Brash appeared with the 11-year-old gelding Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) occupying the second place in time of 42.82 seconds and for third place, being the last double clear round, Philippe Rozier of France did it in 44.80 seconds alongside the 12-year-old stallion Rahotep de Toscane (Quidam of Revel x Laudanum) in 44.80 seconds.
For the Latino and Pan American Ranking who was undoubtedly the best rider of the region, Carlos López of Colombia was the last participant of the tiebreaker, but regretting it very much knocked down a pole that left him out of the second place, having to settle for the fourth place next to the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) in course of 4 fouls and 42.63 seconds. Also take points US Olympic medal Laura Kraut finished in seventh place with 4 fouls next to the 11-years-old gelding Deauville S, her fellowman Jack Towell doit in the 12th position with the 11-year-old gelding Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) in 8 fouls and Yuri Mansur of Brazil finishing in the 14th place with accumulated of 8 faults in 82.46 seconds accompanied by the 11-year-old mare and Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde).
The two best seeds for the most important class of the week were world number 3 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, occupying the tenth place next to the 15-year-old stallion Armilares Boy (Armitage x Feo) with 4 fouls and the French world number 4 Kevin Staut, was more distant in the 21st position accumulating 16 fouls with the 11-year-old mare Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy).