Closed final in the tiebreak between the Dutchman and Italian Lorenzo de Luca, being the difference of only 17 hundredths of a second. Lauren Hough fifth, Yuri Mansur as best Latino in 20th place. (Photo © Nanna Nieminen)
The penultimate day of CSI 5* Madrid was an adjusted victory for the Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten who managed to overcome by 17-cent difference in the tiebreaker to beat the Italian Lorenzo de Luca.
Disputing the Estrella Damm Trophy and a prize pool of €64,000, Maikel van der Vleuten set the pace in the jump-off round with 10-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Caletto I) owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof at registering a time of 33.17 seconds, being the first of 7 double clear rounds that finished in the competition to surpass of Lorenzo de Luca and the 9-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) who completed his field in 33.44 seconds.
The Top 5 were completed in the third by German Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara (Contender x Coronado 3), pair that was second place yesterday, but now they got a time of 34.22 seconds. For the fourth place Edwina Tops-Alexander escorts too Beerbaum in yesterday’s class, where she was third, being now his companion the 11-year-old mare Florette van het Lambroeck (For Pleasure x Baloubet du Rouet) to stop the clock in 36.12 seconds, while the best representative of the Pan American Ranking Lauren Hough of United States, took the fifth place with the 13-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX) in 36.95 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil was in the 20th position with the 10-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) after being eliminated yesterday, today completed his round in 4 fouls. For his part, the Colombian Rene Lopez exceeded the agreed time for the regular round and accumulated 5 fouls with the 10-year-old gelding Big Brother (Untouchable 27 x Great Corrado) in 30th place.