Robert Smith of Great Britain surprised in the first class of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Cannes, beating the German rider Philip Houston. Carlos Lopez of Colombia fourth and Eduard Menezes of Brazil fifth. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The sixth leg of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour at Cannes kicked off the surprising double phase victory for British rider Robert Smith, who completed his run in 31.58 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Cimano E (Unaniem x Chemnitz ).
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, left 11 pairs managing to complete its double phases clear, where the winner was credited 50 World Ranking Points. The second place was the German Philip Houston recording a time of 32.12 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Loewenherz 81 (Lordano x Lucky Boy D), followed by just 5 hundredths of a second by Bassem Hassan Mohammed of Qatar, who completed in 32.17 seconds his course next to the 17-year-old mare Tamira IV (Damiro x Corleone).
The representatives of the Latino Ranking shone for this first class, when Colombian Carlos Lopez with 9-year-old mare Ulhane de Conde (Jarnac x Corland) finished in fourth place in 32.29 seconds to score 35 FEI Ranking points and Brazilian Eduardo Menezes escorted him in fifth position, accompanied by the 13-year-old mare Caruschka 2 (Caspar x Continue) in 32.47 seconds, registering 30 points in his account.
Daniel Deusser of Germany, World No. 2 and best seed of the class, finished eighth in 33.45 seconds with ten-year-old stallion Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr. Blue).