Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli seized the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha, adding his second victory in a row and beating again the Dutch Harrie Smolders. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli seized the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha’s final leg of the Tour, when he achieved his second victory.
For the second day in a row the former Latino Ranking Leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli added his second victory and took top honors by achieving two of the three FEI events played.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani for 40 pairs had only 12 riders qualified for the jump-off, where Marlon Modolo Zanotelli claimed 100 World Ranking points, when he stopped the clock in 50.42 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gotthardsen) owned by Victoria Vargas D’Agostino.
Repeating his two victories with Extra van Essene, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli also surpassed for the second time the Dutch rider and world No. 6 Harrie Smolders, who had to settle for second place in 50.75 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab by Reve x Kannan).
The strong fight to conquer the third class of the final leg in Doha, continued with the American rider Lauren Hough and her 14-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX), being her time of 52.22 seconds in third place, while Kevin Jochems of the Netherlands finished fourth with the 10-year-old gelding Captain Cooper (Namelus R x Corland) in 53.12 seconds and the former World Ranking leader and world number 14 Daniel Deusser of Germany completed the last double clear round in 54.87 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr Blue) in fifth place.
The best jump-off time was achieved by Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet with his 9-year-old gelding Leicester (Larimar 7 x Capitol I) in 49.95 seconds, but his 4 fouls put him in seventh place.
Also scored FEI Ranking Points for the Pan American Ranking four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze, finishing in 15th place with the 12-year-old stallion Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido).