Martin Fuchs wins the Longines Grand Prix of Basel.

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.

 

Final Results