The Italian rider secured the first victory of the Longines Masters in Paris with a lead of 61 hundredths of a second against the Moroccan Abdelkebir Ouaddar. Carlos Lopez of Colombia sixth. (Photo © Agence R B Presse)
The first day of competitions in the CSI 5* Longines Masters Paris had the Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca as the winner, in the dispute of the Laiterie de Montaigu Trophy that distributed the first FEI World Ranking points.
Driving 10-year-old gelding Limestone Gray (Try-Time) owned by Stephex Stables and de Luca himself, scored the first of two double clear rounds in the tiebreaker at time of 34.06 seconds, to earn 50 World Ranking pints and €8,188. The winner’s advantage was only 61 hundredths of a second to his closest rival, Moroccan Abdelkebir Ouaddar who completed his run in 34.67 seconds, being the last double clear of the competition along with 12-year-old stallion Quickly de Kreisler (Diamant Of Semilly x Laudanum) owned by Sm Le Roi Mohammed Vi.
The Top 5 of the first competition was completed by British veteran John Whitaker in third place, knocking down a pole in time of 38.49 seconds with the 14-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper), followed by Maelle Martin of France in field of 4 fouls and 39.39 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Giovani de la Pomme (Shindler of Muze x Darco) and the fifth place was for the Austrian Max Kühner exceeding the agreed time for the regular round and penalized with 1 foul with his pair of 14-year-old gelding Cornet Kalua (Cornet Obolensky x Platin).
For the Latin Ranking Colombian Carlos Lopez participated to get a good performance and occupy the sixth place, being penalized with 1 foul to exceed the time of 76 seconds, after that culminated without demolishing the regular round in 77.28 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) owned by S.A.S. Haras Des Grillons.
Also participating the top three of Pan American Ranking led by their leader McLain Ward in 17th place amassing 5 fouls with HH Azur (Thunder v. Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui v. Zuuthoeve), followed by Kent Farrington and Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) in 21st place with the same number of 5 fouls and the Canadian Eric Lamaze escorted him in box 22th with Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II).