The Swedish Henrik von Eckermann conquered Abu Dhabi and the week’s main class with the €62,000 Grand Prix presented by Longines & Al Shira’aa Stables. (Photo © Al Shira’aa Stables)
Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann won the main class of the week, guiding the €62,000 Grand Prix group presented by Longines & Al Shira’aa Stables.
The course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal had a total of 40 pairs animating the Two Rounds, but the complicated route left interesting questions and several retired, that in definitive could not surpass the winner Henrik von Eckermann.
Being world number 8 and best seed Henrik von Eckermann, completed his two clear rounds in 39.65 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan) owned by Darier Bertrand, allowing its result ensure 80 World Ranking points.
For second place Philipp Weishaupt with the 9-year-old mare Che Fantastica (Check In 2 x Pablo) finished in 40.86 seconds, resulting an excellent week for German rider and third place was Natale Chiaudani from Italy, completing the last clear Two Rounds in 46.92 seconds next to the 19-year-old gelding Almero (Asti Spumante 7 x Gajus).
On the other hand the representatives of Saudi Arabia Ramzy Al Duhami next to the 10-year-old gelding Ted (Waranta x Jalisco B) ending in 4 fouls with 41.34 seconds and Abdullah Al Sharbatly accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Crazy Quick (Chacco -Blue x Quick Star) in 4 fouls with 44.48 seconds, they were in charge of the fourth and fifth places.
The only representative of the Latino Ranking was Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho of Brazil managed to add World Ranking points with his tenth place, participating in the two rounds and finishing his journey in 8 fouls and 48.33 seconds accompanied by 13-year-old gelding Chaccomo (Chacco-Blue x Contender).