French rider Kevin Staut flew home to dominate the second competition of the Global Champions League. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
French rider Kevin Staut lifted the crowds to take home victory with the Eiffel Tower in the background, to continuing the Longines Global Champions Tour being his first win of the 2017 season.
Currently World Number 7, the former FEI Ranking leader take his sixth FEI victory of the year, but first in the LGCT during the dispute of €154,000 Le Figaro GCL and second competition of the Global Champions League, recording a time of 74.65 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle D’avril du Mazy) owned by Haras Des Coudrettes.
With the result and getting an advantage near of 4 seconds, Kevin Staut took 130 World Ranking Points. For second place the world number 12 Niels Bruynseels of Belgium, was presented with the 11year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor), completing the route in 78.12 seconds and for the third position another former World Ranking leader and present world number 10 Simon Delestre of France, marking a time of 78.31 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon D’anzex).
In order to complete the Top 5 was the last class winner’s Ben Maher of Great Britain, accompanied by the 9-year-old gelding Don Vito (Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme) in time of 78.93 seconds and fifth place the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann, completing his course in 79.66 seconds alongside the 10-year-old stallion Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan).
For the Latino Ranking Colombian Carlos Lopez finished 11th, where although he got a very good time of 74.93 seconds for his presentation with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall), they demolished a pole to totaling 4 faults. The Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes also did it in 4 faults with a time of 82.22 seconds, to occupy the 24th place next to the 10-year-old stallion Chacgrano (Chacco-Blue x Grannus), while the Venezuelan Emanuel Andrade did not have them with him in the two GCL competitions, registering 24 fouls in the 51st place with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme).
The best representative of the Pan American Ranking was the world number 16 Laura Kraut from United States, finishing in seventh place with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge) in 84.31 seconds and Lauren Hough also with the points, in 10th position next to 14-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX).