Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson comfortably took the fifth Grand Prix with his team-mate Casall ASK, leaving Harrie Smolders of Netherlands in second. Yuri Mansur from Brazil fourth. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
When Rolf-Göran Bengtsson of Sweden was preparing for the retirement of his famous horse Casall ASK (Caretino 2 x Lavall 5), an 18-year-old stallion owned by Verband der Züchter des Holsteiner, could not have a better gift, than to take victory in fifth Grand Prix of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour.
With Hamburg like a fifth leg in the Tour, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson led the jump-off with only 5 qualifiers, getting a time of 42.69 seconds to take a comfortable win, which was worth 150 World Ranking Points in a class that distributed €300,000. The second place was Dutchman rider Harrie Smolders next to 13-year-old Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) registering a time of 45.13 seconds, while the third place occupied by World No. 5 and better seeded Christian Ahlmann of Germany in 45.57 seconds with 13-year-old stallion Epleaser van’t Heike (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve).
For Latino Ranking was able to qualify to the jump-off Yuri Mansur of Brazil with his 11-year-old stallion Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde), getting the fourth place in time of 46.42 seconds with last double clear round of the afternoon, to take 100 World Ranking Points with its result. Also present for Pan American Ranking Audrey Coulter and Lauren Hough of United States, being the first-one in ninth place with 4 faults and the second-one opted for the retirement.
Finished five legs of fifteen in which the LGCT is divided, we have five different winners starting with Martin Fuchs of Switzerland, Jerome Guery of Belgium took the second Grand Prix, Lorenzo de Luca of Italy the third, World No. 1 Kent Farrington of United States with the fourth Grand Prix and now Rolf-Göran Bengtsson took fifth, shifting shares to Cannes next June.