Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden took the last victory of the Longines Global Champions Tour in London surpassing by 11 cents of second to French Simon Delestre. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann take the Longines Global Champions Tour’s final victory in London, gaining a lead of 11 hundredths of a second.
With a very strong dispute in the last FEI event, which distributed €92,000 on course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani, Henrik von Eckermann commanded a group of 53 pairs of which 12 returned to the jump-off including the Swedish, but none faster than him without knocks.
Alongside 11-year-old mare Mary Lou 194 (Montendro x Portland L) owned by Karl Schneider, Henrik von Eckermann completed his course in 37.67 seconds to be the first of five double clear rounds and take 100 World Ranking Points.
For second place former world leader Simon Delestre of France recorded a time of 37.78 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto 4), while the third place in the much-disputed class was for the Italian rider Alberto Zorzi and his 12-year-old gelding Living The Dream (Toulon x Flamenco de Semilly) in 37.86 seconds.
Grand Prix winner this week and world number 10 Scott Brash of Great Britain took fourth place with the 13-year-old mare Hello Annie (Contendro I x For Pleasure) in 38.59 seconds and the last double clear round was for the best representative of the Pan American Ranking Jack Towell of the United States, occupying fifth place in 38.85 seconds.
The fastest jump-off round was by Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels in 37.11 seconds, but downed a pole with the 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor).
On the other hand, the best seed and World Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States, had to be conformed to occupy the 21st place next to the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris), completing the regular round in 4 fouls and 76.82 seconds.
For Latino Ranking he managed to score points three times Brazilian Olympic medalist and three-time World Cup winner Rodrigo Pessoa, finishing in 16th place with the 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-Blue x Carthago), after exceeding the time and complete in 1 fault its presentation. For his part Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade along with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme) retired.