(Photos: Stefano Grasso/LGCT).
By Longines Global Champions Tour
The young Spanish show jumping talent Gonzalo Añon Suarez claimed the first CSI5* class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid today with his super-fast 14-year-old gelding Tobias. Second place went to Eugenie Angot (FRA) and Davendy S, and third to Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) and Imperio Egipcio Rivage.
Suarez led the speed class of 49 starters from 11th to go, sorching around the beautiful grass arena of Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, to the delighted of the Spanish crowd, in a time of 60.83. Angot, who was the very last rider to jump, managed to get within a second of Suarez’s time to take the runner-up spot.
“I am very pleased to win here in my home country,” said Suarez. “The show is beautiful and the crowd were very supportive.” Key contenders for tomorrow’s Grand Prix who also put in strong clear round performances were Britain’s Ben Maher in 4th place, Germany’s Marcus Ehning in 8th and Canada’s Eric Lamaze in 13th.
The LGCT of Madrid Grand Prix will begin tomorrow at 5pm local time. The highest LGCT ranked rider to start tomorrow is Constant van Paesschen (BEL), who took the Bronze in last weekend’s Round One event in Antwerp. Watch all the world-class action tomorrow live and uncut on GCT TV and follow us online via Facebook and Twitter.