(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT).
By Longines Global Champions Tour
This evening, British legend John Whitaker won the CSI5* speed class, the NRF Trophy, with his top ride Argento, ahead of Portugal’s Luciana Diniz riding Lady Lindenhof in 2nd and Jan Wernke (GER) in 3rd with Lorelli. The spectators cheered loudly as Whitaker, a triple Olympic Silver medallist, rode in and even more loudly when he stopped the clock just 0.5s ahead of Diniz to take first place.
The world-famous Brit added another victory to an incredible career with a deceptively fast round with his feisty stallion from the middle of the 27-strong draw. Fan-favourite Luciana Diniz and her golden-coated Lady Lindenhof had bettered home rider Jan Wernke’s time of 55.72s right before Whitaker’s round, but she looked thrilled with her horse’s immaculate 2nd place performance in the beautiful Derby Park.
Jan Wernke added another great result to his tally after placing 3rd in this morning’s CSI5* class, while Ireland, following Billy Twomey’s win this morning, had three riders finish in the top ten again this evening. With the feature class of the show, the Longines Global Champions Tour of Hamburg Grand Prix kicking off at 13.25pm tomorrow, predicting the possible winner is a tough call.
Germany’s top riders are out in force for their nation’s LGCT event and all of them look hungry for a win. Ludger Beerbaum has put in some great performances, as has last year’s Grand Prix winner Christian Ahlmann, but LGCT Ranking Leader Eric Lamaze (CAN) will be a hard man to better if he maintains his form of previous weeks with his talented mount Powerplay.
2013 LGCT Champion and World No1 Scott Brash, having missed the opening event in Antwerp and had an unlucky rail down in Madrid, is very keen to get some points on the board here in Hamburg. Brash will also have to contend with his fellow 2012 Olympic Gold medallist teammates, World No2 Ben Maher and Nick Skelton, if he is to claim his first podium of 2014.
Watch the Longines Global Champions Tour of Hamburg Grand Prix live on GCT TV, Equidia Life, ClassHorseTV and beIN Sports from 13.25pm (local time) Saturday 31st May and on Eurosport from 22.30pm.