(Photo © Stefano Grasso/LGCT).
Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) rode a lighting round against the clock during the 1.50m Prix Locarama, the opening 5* class of Saturday and the final round ahead of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes. With his chestnut mare, Sydney Une Prince, Roger-Yves went clear with over a second to spare to his nearest rival, Daniel Deusser (GER) who rode an impressive early round with his ten year old bay mare, Ratina Des Rondets. Constant Van Paesschen (BEL) came a close third with Citizenguard Million Drea, just tenths of a second away from claiming second. All three will now turn their focus to the task ahead and aim to continue their success in tonight’s Grand Prix, competing amongst the best riders in the world.
Tonight’s London Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes will see a high stakes battle for the championship ranking lead. Catch all the action on GCT TV livestreaming from the start of the first round through to the prize giving ceremony when the winner is crowned. The first round featuring 50 top rider and horse combinations starts at 20:00 local time. Only 18 will go through to the 2nd round of the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix presented by Haras Des Grillons.
Ranking leader Luciana Diniz is only 15 points ahead of her nearest rival Pius Schwizer. Luciana was considering riding Winningmood, following her Grand Prix win in Madrid, but decided to ride Fit For Fun because of the stunning performance of the 11 year old chestnut mare in Cannes last year.
Swiss rider Pius will riding his 13 year old bay gelding Armani The Gun and will be determined to push to the top of the ranking.
But one of their biggest threats comes from Great Britain’s exceptional talent Scott Brash who will be competing on Hello M’Lady and has already notched up a victory and second place during the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes in the past two days.
With a world class field including champion horses like Casall Ask, Quick Study, Argento, Cornet’s Cristallo and Taloubet Z, it promises to be a power packed competition under the coloured lights of the arena on the Cote d’Azur.
Uliano Vezzani’s first round course consists of 13 fences including challenging challenging verticals that will be a serious test of precision riding. Don’t miss top-level show jumping in this stunning arena on the French Riviera tonight. For the broadcast schedule including Eurosport’s coverage please click here.
Source: Longines Global Champions Tour