Former world number 1 Simon Delestre took the last win of the LGCT Roma, commanding the tiebreaking round against Denis Lynch of Ireland and Daniel Deusser of Germany. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Former world number 1 French Simon Delestre closed the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour Rome with the last win of the week, in a fast jump-off round.
This time the course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani for 49 pairs had a total of 15 riders classified in the jump-off, where Simon Delestre commanded the class by stopping the clock in 33.80 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto 4), thus adding 100 World Ranking Points.
Although Simon Delestre has given up positions in recent months in the FEI World Ranking, he completed a good week at points level, which no doubt contribute to see him climbing from the 11th place that he currently occupies.
With their result the French rider Simon Delestre surpassed Irishman Denis Lynch, who appeared with the 16-year-old stallion RMF Bella Baloubet (Baloubet de Rouet x Landadel), occupying second place in 34.49 seconds, while third was for another former world ranking leader Daniel Deusser of Germany, completing his course in 34.76 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I).
The Top 5 was completed by John Whitaker of Great Britain in fourth place, recording a time of 34.96 seconds with the 15-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper) and the best representative of the Pan American Ranking Lillie Keenan of the United States, take fifth place next to the 11-year-old gelding Super Sox (Salito x Silvio I) in 35.47 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Colombian rider Carlos López was the main figure, finishing sixth accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Ulhane de Conde (Jarnac x Corland), marking a time of 35.90 seconds and securing 55 World Ranking Points. Former Latino Ranking leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil did not decipher the questions on the course, choosing to retire with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin), the same luck that ran by Mexican José Alfredo Hernández Ortega with the 11-year-old mare Porm Group Carla Columna (Candillo).