Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli did not give his opponents a chance and he commanded the first class of Longines Global Champions Tour 2017 last leg. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli commanded the Longines Global Champions Tour Doha first class, last leg of the 2017 season.
Realizing Two Phases as evaluation on course designed by Uliano Vezzani of Italy, the South American rider and former Latino Ranking Leader got an impressive round with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gotthardsen) owned by Victoria Vargas D ‘Agostino, stopping the clock in 24.35 seconds.
With today’s result Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, who has been recovering space in the World Ranking, secured 50 points and exceeded by 30 hundredths of a second the fasted Dutch rider and world number 6 Harrie Smolders, completing his course in 24.65 seconds. accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) owned by Eurohorse BVBA- Axel Verlooy.
To complete the best 5 classified and all within the World Top 20, the third place was carried by world number 18th Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann with his 15-year-old gelding Cantinero (Cento x Cash) in 24.83 seconds, fourth place for world number 3 Kevin Staut of France with 8-year-old gelding Vendome d’Anchat HDC (Diamant de Semilly x Allegreto) in time of 24.91 seconds and fifth place for world number 12 Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain registering 25.19 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Iron Man (Chatman x Capitol).
By Latino Ranking counted only on the formidable victory of Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, but also saw action by Pan American Ranking four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze with the 12-year-old stallion Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) accumulating 1 fault in his two phases ending 21st. The American rider Lauren Hough with the 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) was ranked 23rd and Lillie Keenan was retiring in her second phase with the 11-year-old gelding Super Sox (Salito x Silvio I) finishing 32nd. Both American rider Laura Kraut 38th and Paris Sellon 43rd, completed in 4-fault their first phase.