British rider Michael Whitaker took a tight victory that represented a cart plus money, being advantage of 53 hundredths of a second in the top three. Dayro Arroyave of Colombia was in eighth place. (Photo © news.org)
The conclusion of CSI 5* Jumping Antwerpen at Belgium had veteran British rider Michael Whitaker win the week’s stellar class in what was a tight end to the tiebreaking round.
Being the lead of 53 hundredths of a second in top three places, Michael Whitaker completed his round in a time of 37.20 seconds with Jayne Bean’s 11-year-old mare Jb’s Hot Stuff (Jayne Bean’s Locarno 62 x Cavalier Royale) to take a car and €21,150 as prizes for his victory plus 100 FEI Ranking points. Second place was former World No. 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany, stopping the clock in 37.57 seconds with 14-year-old gelding Cornet d’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) owned by Stephex Stables and third was registering 37.73 seconds Italian Piergiorgio Bucci with 13-year-old stallion Casallo Z (Casall x Carthago Z) owned by Stal Bucci – Giardini San Rocco Srl.
The best riders were made themselves felt in final round with fourth place of Swedish Henrik von Eckermann in 38.06 seconds, fifth French rider Penelope Leprevost in 38.62 seconds and sixth another former world number 1 Christian Ahlmann of Germany with a time of 38.94 seconds.
For Latino Ranking Colombian Dayro Arroyave completed his double clear round to occupy eighth place with 9-year-old gelding Uciano of La Botte (Luccianno x Arpege Pierreville) in time of 39.85 seconds. Also Brazilian Pedro Veniss closed the group with FEI Ranking points in 16th place next to 13-year-old stallion Quabri de L Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), demolishing a pole in regular round with 71.46 seconds.
The best seed of the Grand Prix was world’s No. 2 Kent Farrington of United States with not chance to top spot after completing a regular round in 4 fouls and 73.65 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Sherman d’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star).