British rider and former World Ranking leader Scott Brash returned to the path of triumph by dominating the first class of the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour – Spring MET 2018 – Tour 1 in Oliva, Spain. (Photo © 1clicphoto.com)
British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash won his first FEI victory of 2018, winning the speed class at the Spring MET 2018 – Tour I.
Under course design of Italian Elio Travagliati the speed class was held at the CSI2* Oliva at Valencia, Spain with 33 pairs, where they led by former World Ranking leader and current world number 19 Scott Brash, stopping the clock in 66.04 seconds.
Resulting a close fight for the first place, the British rider Scott Brash was presented with the 9-year-old gelding Hello Mr President (Comme d’Api JR) owned by Lady P Harris & Lady P Kirkham, getting an advance of 9 hundredths of a second before Brazilian rider Pedro Veniss and securing his first 50 World Ranking Points of the year.
In case of the Latino Ranking leader Pedro Veniss, he completed his field in 66.14 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Anaya Ste Hermelle (Andiamo x Paladin des Ifs) owned by Elevage Ste Hermelle and added 45 World Ranking Points with his second place.
Adjusted results were maintained until the fifth place with the participation of Marc Bettinger of Germany finishing third next to the 10-year-old mare Incroyable de Muze (Nabab de Reve x For Pleasure) in time of 67.27 seconds, fourth place Irish rider Conor Swail accompanied by 10-year-old gelding Domino van de Valhoeve (Lord Z x Concorde) in 67.44 seconds and fifth place Michael Hughes of the United States of America in 67.82 seconds with 14-year-old stallion Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde).
The best seed of the class was Italian rider and world number 6 Lorenzo de Luca, but chose to retire on his speed round with the 10-year-old gelding Umour Noir de Crann (Kannan x Reve d’Elle).