Swiss Martin Fuchs rose at home with the most important class of the week to win the Grand Prix of Basel, achieving one-two for his country with Wener Muff. (Photo © CSI Basel)
World number 13 Martin Fuchs of Switzerland won at home the Longines Grand Prix of Basel, finishing one-two the home riders with Werner Muff.
Taking his second FEI victory for second day in a row, Martin Fuchs commanded the main class of the week with the 12-year-old gelding Clooney (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) owned by Luigi Baleri, on course designed by German Frank Rothenberger.
With 45 pairs participating in Two Rounds at the Grand Prix of Basel, Swiss rider Martin Fuchs obtained a time of 38.70 seconds that earned him 150 World Ranking Points and was escorted by another’s this week winner Werner Muff, who was presented with the 10-year-old gelding Daimler (Canturano x Lupicor) and finished in 39.64 seconds, for the Swiss one-two.
Without a doubt an excellent week for Martin Fuchs and marking a good start this 2018, there is no doubt that the Swiss rider will be climbing some places in the next measurement.
The top 5 finishers completed by former World Ranking leader Simon Delestre of France in third place, marking the last double clear round in 41.91 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto 4), fourth place world number 12 Niels Bruynseels of Belgium in 4 fouls and 37.56 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor), while fifth place was for German rider Hans-Dieter Dreher accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Berlinda (Berlin x Gento) on 4 foults and 38.02 seconds.
The best seed of the Grand Prixe was world number 2 Harrie Smolders of Holland, but his today’s performance was not the most promising with 8 fouls participating only in the first round, to finish in 28th place with the 11-year-old gelding Cas (Indoctro x Number One).
Turning to the Pan American Ranking American rider Andrew Kocher occupied the 30th place, finishing with 8 fouls his first round with 17-year-old gelding Navalo de Poheton (Cumano x Double Espoir), being the only representative of the region.