The Briton who dominated for more than a year and a half the World Ranking, added important points with his victory today. Omar Karaevli of Turkey second and Pilar Lucrecia Cordon of Spain third. (Photo © alshaqab.com)
The Al Shaqab Grand Prix at the conclusion of the CSI 5* week in Doha, brought British Olympic medalist Scott Brash back to victory, when he got 130 World Ranking points, dominating in 45.21 seconds the jump-off round.
With a total of 500,000 Euros to be distributed among the top 18 finishers, two rounds and a jump-off, were needed to determine the World No. 9 winner Scott Brash with 16-year-old mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) owned by Lady P Harris & Lady P Kirkham. It was certainly a good way to start the month of March for the sum of points, accompanied by a new Grand Prix in his account, which he had not won since December 18, 2016 at the London Olympia.
The second position was for Omar Karaevli of Turkey, remaining very close to the winner in 45.98 seconds with 12-year-old gelding Roso Au Crosnier (Looping d’Elle x Odin de La Cense), while the best time of the jump-off in 44.46 seconds was for the Spanish Pilar Lucrecia Cordon, but downed a rail with the 11-year-old mare Galine La Cour Zichelhof mare (La Cour x Ramiro) who left without a chance of victory in the third position. The last competitor of the decisive round and occupying the fourth place was former German number 1 in the world and current number 3 of the FEI Ranking Christian Ahlmann with 17-year-old stallion Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) with a course of 4 fouls in 44.67 seconds.
Meanwhile the current leader of the World Ranking Daniel Deusser of Germany, could not classify the tiebreaker, after completing a first round of 4 fouls and a second pass clear to occupying the 11th position in 66.92 seconds with 12-year-old gelding First Class Van Eeckelghem (Balou du Rouet x Feinschnitt l van de Richter).