Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli was unbeaten once again at the Longines Global Champions Tour, dominating the first day closing in Rome. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli was unbeatable at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome, being the penultimate sleeve of the 2017 Tour.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani for 57 teams, only had 7 riders in the jump-off where former Latino Ranking leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, stopped the clock in 37.86 seconds to add his seventh 2017 FEI victory.
Signing his second win of the 2017 LGCT, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli took 80 World Ranking Points with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin), becoming the first of two double clear round that completed the jump-off, while second place and last double clear was for Dutchman Leopold van Asten in 39.46 seconds with the 10-year-old mare VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco-Blue x Aldatus).
Completed the top five finishers in a class who handed out €92,000 in third place Frenchman Julien Epaillard alongside the 9-year-old stallion Usual Suspect d’Auge (Jarnac x Papillon Rouge), fourth place for German Marcus Ehning with the 12-year-old stallion Come Il Faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) and fifth was Max Kühner from Austria with the 10-year-old stallion Chardonnay 79 (Clarimo x Corrado I), all on 4-foul jump-off rounds.
For the Pan American Ranking leading the class Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, also had American rider Lillie Keenan in 16th place, only one in adding points alongside the Brazilian and out of the Ranking Points were the four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze in 24th place and American Lauren Hough at 26th.
Going to the Latino Ranking with one of his main references achieving a new victory, were left out of the points José Alfredo Hernández Ortega from Mexico in 28th position accumulating 5 fouls and Colombian rider Carlos Lopez did it in 10 faults to finish in box 42nd.