Swiss Steve Guerdat showed his quality to take Grand Prix’s victory, finishing one-two for his country with Romain Duguet. (Photo © Satu Pirinen)
Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat showed his quality by winning the €100,000 Land Rover Helsinki Grand Prix, in a highly contested jump-off round.
After completing a Grand Prix’s regular round with 43 pairs on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, the Swiss Steve Guerdat was commissioned to show the way for the jump-off and be credited 100 World Ranking Points with the victory.
Getting his pass 13 riders to the jump-off round, Steve Guerdat with his 9-year-old gelding Alamo (Ukato x Equador) owned by Patricio Pasquel Quintana, stopped the clock in 36.63 seconds for an impeccable display and ensure his 11th 2017 FEI victory.
The former World Ranking Leader and current world number 14 by Steve Guerdat led the one-two for his country in the Grand Prix, being escorted by Romain Duguet along with 8-year-old stallion Vancouver de Lanlore (Toulon x Le Tot de Semilly) in 38.12 seconds and third place was for another former World leader Daniel Deusser of Germany accompanied by his 9-year-old stallion Tobago Z (Tangelo vh Zuuthoeve x Mr. Blue), completing his field only 1 hundredth of a second slower that Duguet in 38.13 seconds.
The double clear round extended to sixth place with Pailo Paini of Italy finishing fourth, Geir Gulliksen of Norway fifth and Evelina Tove of Sweden sixth.
The fastest jump-off round was for Belgian rider Jos Verlooy in 36.16 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Igor (Emerald van ‘T Ruytershof x Nabab de Reve), but one knockdown pole left them in seventh place.
By the Latino Ranking Marlon Módolo Zanotelli of Brazil did not get a good presentation in this Guilherme Jorge’s course design, totaling 13 fouls with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Bleu x Chi Chi) in the 39th position. Best luck ran the American rider Chloe Reid in representation of the Pan American Ranking, occupying 30th place with 8 faults next to the 12-year-old gelding Adamo (Lupicr x Ekstein).