The veteran British rider dominated the first FEI class of Longines CSIO5* St Gallen, beating home riders Steve Guerdat and Werner Muff. Joao Victor Castro, Yuri Mansur and Eduardo Menezes participated. (Photo @ csiostgallen)
The first FEI class of the Longines CSIO5* St Gallen in Switzerland was dominated by veteran British rider and Olympic medalist Michael Whitaker in the Prize Longines CSIO St-Gall, which awarded the winner 50 World Ranking points.
The course designed by Swiss Gérard Lachat, had a total of 59 pairs encouraging the regular round and then giving way to 11 jump-off qualifying, where Michael Whitaker with 15-year-old gelding Viking (Jacomar x Almox Prints) owned by Miss M Braybrooke, stopped the clock in 35.08 seconds securing the first FEI points of the week and surpassing another Olympic medalist, such as Steve Guerdat of Switzerland for only 40 hundredths of a second, in closed finals who presented himself with 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof) owned by Jose Salgado Negrete.
Completed the top five Werner Muff of Switzerland in third place, registering a time of 36.16 seconds with Daimler (Canturano x Lupicor), for fourth place Shanne Thijssen of the Netherlands completed their tiebreaker in 36.31 seconds with 10-year-old mare Celine MZ (Crusador x Orame) and fifth place the fast Irish rider Bertram Allen with 10-year-old stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck) recorded 37.05 seconds.
For Latino Ranking three Brazilians took part of the regular round, being Joao Victor Castro the best located in 17th place with 8-year-old gelding Chief Tibri Z (Corland x Berlin), being its result of 4 fouls and 73.37 seconds. Yuri Mansur with 12-year-old gelding Ferro Chin vh Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor) exceeded the time allowed to total 9 fouls in 35th position and Eduardo Menezes knocked down three obstacles to complete her run in 12 fouls with 11-year-old mare Market Irminka (Irco Mena x Tinka’s Boy) occupying the 41st place. Also by Panamerican Ranking participated the American rider Katherine Dinan accompanied by 12-year-old gelding Dogie Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x High Roller) to finish in 28th place with 5 fouls.
The best seeds of the class were World No. 6 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, who opted to retire and World No. 7 Marcus Ehning of Germany, occupying 14th place with 1 foul next to 11-year-old gelding Gin Chin van Het Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Calido I).