Martin Fuchs of Switzerland repeated another victory in the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour, being Rome now the sleeve number 14 of the calendar. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Swiss Martin Fuchs started the 14th sleeve of the Longines Global Champions Tour with a tight lead in Rome to add a new victory this year.
Winner of the first 2017 LGCT Grand Prix, Martin Fuchs dominated the Two Phases on couse designed by Italian Uliano Vezzano, stopping the clock in 26.25 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Cristo (Cristo x Stakkato) and taking 50 World Ranking Points.
Being the 2017 third victory of the Longines Global Champions Tour, Martin Fuchs surpassed by 8 hundredths of a second to Olympic medalist and newly European Champion Peder Fredricson of Sweden, who completed its two phases in 26.33 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding H&M Carat Desire (Carinjo x Latus II).
They were followed to complete Top 5 by John Whitaker of Great Britain in 26.92 seconds to occupy third place next to the 15-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper), Danielle Goldstein of Israel in fourth place with the 11-year-old mare Lizziemary (Cabri D Elle x Acord II) in 28.47 seconds and 57-year old veteran Geir Gulliksen of Norway recorded 28.94 seconds in fifth place with the 11-year-old gelding Seringat (Chef Rouge x Guillaume Tell).
Stood out for Pan American Ranking Lauren Hough of the United States in seventh place with the 12-year-old mare Adare (Royal Bravour x Burggraaf) in 29.69 seconds and four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze in tenth place, along with 12-year-old stallion Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) in 31.86 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking none of its representatives managed to add FEI Ranking Points, being Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essen (Diamant de Semilly x Gotthardsen) the best placed in 17th with 1 foul, Carlos López of Colombia totaled 6 fouls in a distant 46th position with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) and Mexican rider José Alfredo Hernández Ortega took the 51st alongside the 11-year-old mare Grupo Prom Carla Columna (Candillo) with 12 fouls.