Egyptian rider Sameh El Daham eliminated the aspirations of his rivals in the jump-off round, beating Colombian rider Carlos López by 39 hundredths of a second. (Photo © casasnovas.com)
Egyptian rider Sameh El Daham stood solid in the jump-off round and won the €270,000 Longines Grand Prix at CSI5* La Coruña.
The second day of the CSI5* La Coruña – Casas Novas Winter Show was won by the Egyptian Sameh El Daham with his 13-year-old mare Suma’s Zorro (Ard Vdl Douglas) owned by Joanne Sloan-Allen, Sameh El Dahan, achieving a time of 33.61 seconds.
Being the advantage of only 39 hundredths of a second to his closest competitor, Sameh El Daham dominated a very tight and fought jump-off round, which only had the participation of 3 classified rider, after 45 pairs passed the regular round in a complicated course designed by Spanish Santiago Varela.
With several riders exceeded the time allowed and up to 9 retired riders by not deciphering the questions of the field, Sameh El Daham surpassed the best Latino Ranking rider Carlos Lopez of Colombia, occupying the second place and assuring the South American 130 World Ranking points by 150 points of the winner, appearing with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) and recording a time of 34.00 seconds.
Jos Verlooy of Belgium and his 9-year-old gelding Igor (Emerald van ‘T Ruytershof x Nabab of Reve) finished in 34.56 seconds to be the last in the decisive round, being undoubtedly a jump-off full of emotions.
For fourth place and also representing Belgium was Zoe Conter with the 9-year-old mare Irenice Horta (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Diamant de Semilly) exceeding the time and completing in 1 failure his presentation, while Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho took fifth place with the same time’s luck, but was a little slower in 74.11 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Chaccomo (Chacco-Blue x Contender), worth 85 World Ranking points his result.
For Latinos not running the same fate to finish within points José María Larocca of Argentina with a cumulative of 20 fouls in 34th place, performing with Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion du Lys) and Rene López of Colombia was followed with 24 fouls in 36th place next to the 9-year-old gelding Univers de Maugre (Calvaro x Umour du Fenaud). On the other hand Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil opted for the retirement with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin).