Belgian Jerome Guery took the victory in Miami Beach as the last in the order of the tiebreaker overtaking Italian Alberto Zorzi. Carlos Lopez from Colombia better Latin. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The second leg of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour at Miami Beach concluded with an impressive victory by Jerome Guery of Belgium, being the last rider to enter for the tiebreaker to stopping the clock in 37.39 seconds.
In a full crowd and a great atmosphere on South Beach beaches, 25 pairs animated the regular round for course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, where they then gave way to tiebreaker only 4 competitors who completed a first round perfectly. First to return was Belgian Nicola Philippaerts with 9-year-old stallion Chilli Willi (Casall x Lord) registering with a clear round 39.50 seconds. The joy of Philippaerts would not last when Italian Alberto Zorzi in company of 11-year-old gelding Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido) lowered to 37.96 seconds the new time to beat, yielding pressure to Dutch Harrie Smolders who narrowly falls off the second jump with 13-year-old stallion Emerald NOP (Diamant of Semilly x Carthago Z), completing his field with 8 fouls.
With all the atmosphere ready to decide a winner, Jerome Guery entered with 11-year-old gelding Grand Cry van de Rosenberg (Malito de Reve x Heartbreaker) turning short and aggressive for the final line, which would ultimately be winner and take 150 World Ranking points and a bag of 100,000 Euros with his victory, which was the first of the year and third in its history of Tour.
For Latino Ranking Colombian Carlos Lopez finished in 8th position with 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) in a 4-foul round and 66.21 seconds. Brazilian Eduardo Menezes with 8 fouls in 66.09 seconds was in 14th place next to 12-year-old gelding Quintol (Quintender x Cento), leaving out of FEI World Ranking points his compatriot Yuri Mansur in 18th place with same 8 fouls, but managing a time of 67.15 seconds with 11-year-old mare Babylote (Dollar du Murier x Concorde).
Finished first two legs of 2017 season at LGCT, Martin Fuchs of Switzerland is leading the standings of riders with 66 points, Lorenzo de Luca of Italy is second with 60 points and third Carlos Lopez of Colombia with 54 points.