Brazilian Marlon Módolo Zanotelli won the Grand Prix X-Bionic Sphere of CSI4* Samorin, earning 100 World Ranking Points. (Photo © X-Bionic Sphere Indoor Master)
Brazilian rider Marlon Módolo Zanotelli won the CSI4* Samorin Grand Prix X-Bionic Sphere, eliminating his rivals in a formidable jump-off round.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani consisted of a series of interesting questions and technical demands, which only the best managed to overcome in the jump-off round, commanded by the former Latino Ranking leader Marlon Módolo Zanotelli of Brazil.
With the participation of 42 pairs in the Regular Round, the World Ranking Points were distributed among the 16 riders classified to the jump-off, but only 6 would complete the double clear round, being the fastest on part of Marlon Módolo Zanotelli and his 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) owned by VDL Stud.
Stopping the clock in 37.54 seconds on part of Marlon Módolo Zanotelli, secured 100 World Ranking Points with his victory and in a real fight between the best riders of the world present in Samorin, the second place was by world number 6 Harrie Smolders of Holland in time of 38.77 seconds next to the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Revend Kannan Nabab).
Brazil was present in the top finishers with Joao Victor Castro occupying the third place, ending his jump-off in 40.15 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Quentin PJ (Quidam de Revel x Escudo 19), while the fasted Irish rider Bertram Allen took the fourth place with the 10-year-old stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck) in 41.17 seconds.
The double clear round extended to sixth place and was completed by Werner Muff of Switzerland in fifth place with the 9-year-old gelding Daimier (Canturano x Lupicor) in 41.38 seconds and sixth Szabolcs Krucso of Hungary in time of 44.38 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Chacco Blue II (Chacco-Blue x Cincaba Rouge).
The best jump-off time was marked by Egyptian Dame El Dahan in 36.85 seconds with his 13-year-old mare Suma’s Zorro (Ard VDL Douglas), but he knocked down two poles in his aggressive round, placing him in ninth place.
The Latino Ranking delegation headed by winner Marlon Módolo Zanotelli and third position of also Brazilian Joao Victor Castro, did not finish perfect when Argentine rider José María Larocca completed 4 fouls regular round, appearing with the 13-year-old gelding Eliot DWS (Winningmood x King Z) in 18th place.
Likewise, the Porter brothers from the United States of America participated by Pan American Ranking, remaining within the points Wilton Porter with Caletto Cabana (Cassini I x Capecanaveral) in 13th place and Lucas Porter with 8 fouls ending 25th with Diamonte Darco (Unbelievable Darco).