Lorenzo de Luca of Italy won third LGCT Grand Prix in Shanghai with two perfect rounds as well as Maikel van der Vleuten of Netherlands in second place. Eduardo Menezes of Brazil in 21st place. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The third sleeve of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour at Shanghai brought the most important event of the CSI 5* week with participation of 25 pairs that achieved their classification, where Italian Lorenzo de Luca took the victory.
On course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, fellowmen Lorenzo de Luca took charge to winning third Grand Prix calendar of LGCT after previous dates were dominated by Swiss Martin Fuchs in Mexico and Belgian Jerome Guery in Miami Beach. Now de Luca, accompanied by 13-year-old gelding Ensor from Litrange LXII (Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue), dominated jump-off round of 4 ranked riders, registering a time of 38.05 seconds and marking one of two perfect courses, being credited 150 World Ranking points plus a prize of €165,000. For second place and last double clear round was Dutch Maikel van der Vleuten along with 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. (Quilma de Revel x Landgraf I) getting a time of 39.36 seconds.
Another Italian representative Alberto Zorzi completed the tiebreaking round, being the fastest course of decisive stage in 37.82 seconds, but a knockdown with 12-year-old mare Fair Light van’t Heike (Vigo ‘Arsouilles x Darco) left them without a chance, while fourth place ended in power of Belgian Gregory Whatelet and 11-year-old mare Coree (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life) with 4 fouls in 41.48 seconds.
For Latino Ranking Eduardo Menezes of Brazil accumulating 21 fouls in regular round, placing himself in 21st position alongside with 10-year-old stallion Chacgrano (Chacco-Blue x Grannus), a result that did not allow him to score points.
The two best seeded of Grand Prix, World’s No. 2 and 3 Kent Farrington of United States and Daniel Deusser of Germany, chose to retire during their executions.