Comfortable victory for the Swiss Olympic medalist, who was given a 2 second lead in the second round to win in the stellar class of the third day at the Longines Masters Paris. Carlos Lopez of Colombia in the 28th place. (Photo © longinesmasters.com)
The third day at the CSI 5* Longines Masters of Paris saw the Gold Cup presented by Salon du Cheval Paris / CENECA and the victory of Swiss Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat, where were distributed €61,800 among for the top 12 finishers.
Gaining a relatively comfortable advantage on a field designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani with two rounds, Steve Guerdat led the 10-year-old mare Albfuehren’s Happiness (Heartbeat x Lambrusco Ask) owned by Bachmann Elisabeth & Hofgut Albführ, fully attached to his strategy, stopping the clock in 41.92 seconds on a perfect round.
For the second position the German Daniel Deusser would escort him 2 seconds slower with the 10-year-old gelding Sweet de Beaufour (Diamant of Semilly x Kannan) owned by Monsieur Eric Levallois, results that would give to the winner 80 World Ranking points and 70 Points for Deusser, in their respective accounts for the month of December. With respect to the third place the Belgian Jerome Guery and Alicante (Casall x Indoctro), a 11-year-old stallion owned by Tal Milstein Stables & Ilan Ferders, registered a time of 44,87 seconds.
The Top 5 finishers of the class would complete them in fourth place Bertram Allen of Ireland marking a time of 45.04 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Izzy By Picobello (Cicero Z x Capriano), while the fifth place was occupied by Belgian Olivier Philippaerts with 14-year-old gelding H&M Challenge v. Begijnakker Z (Chellano Z x Palestro v. Begijnakker) in time of 45.26 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking only the Colombian Carlos Lopez participated with the 9-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) owned by S.A.S. Haras Des Grillons, completing the first round only by knocking down a rail and totaling 4 fouls in 63.50 seconds to get 28th place. For the Pan American Ranking US Kent Farrington achieved the best result with 14-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill) in 11th place.