British rider Matthew Sampson won the MET Oliva 2017 Grand Prix on Autumn MET II second week at Spain, in clear dominance by the Great Britain riders. (Photo © 1clicphotos.com)
British rider Matthew Sampson won the €30,000 Gold 4 – Euro Grand Prix of the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour – Autumn MET 2017 – Tour II.
Marking a clear dominance by the British riders at Grand Prix, they took over five of the first six positions and commanded by Matthew Sampson with the 11-year-old Mare Gloria van Zuuthoeve (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Glorieux) owned by David Mcpherson & Guy Ooms.
Achieving a relative advantage on part of Matthew Sampson against his closest rivals, the British secured 50 World Ranking Points with his victory and only cut the heat dominance of the British, the Polish amazon Cassandra Orschel with her 11-year-old mare Acanthya (Adlantico AS x Argentinus), who recorded a time of 45.36 seconds for the 43.70 seconds that the winner achieved.
To demonstrate their impressive presentation the British continued in the final order occupying from the third to the sixth position, where Amy Inglis with the 9-year-old mare Wishes (Guidam x Wellington) took third in time of 47.78 seconds, fourth place was Daniel Nelson with the 9-year-old gelding Major Delacour (Ksar-Sitte x Leopard) in 48.35 seconds, fifth David McPherson with the 8-year-old stallion Camall (Casall x Capitol I) in 49.28 seconds and sixth place Jessica Dimmock with the 11-year-old gelding Cassius Clay (Carolus H x Burggraaf) in 50.82 seconds, also representing the last Grand Prix’s double clear round.
By the Latino Ranking Jose Maria Larocca of Argentina was close in adding World Ranking Points, but exceeded the time allowed and was penalizing with 1 foul in 80.84 seconds accompanied by the 13-year-old stallion Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion du Lys), occupying 18th place in what was an excellent round.
The complicated court designed by Werner Deeg for 72 pairs left 15 riders classified to the jump-off, 23 riders exceeding time, 12 riders opting for retirement and 2 riders eliminated.