With a fast second round the German Marco Kutscher exceeded by 1.45 seconds French Kevin Staut to get their second win of the year, while the second to fourth just 15 hundredths of a second marked the rest of the story in the Grand Prix. (Photo © longinesmasters.com)
To close the CSI 5* week in Hong Kong and Longines Masters was played Longines Grand Prix that distributed prize of $500,000 in two rounds competition at height of 1.60m.
Adding his second win of the year, the German Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh (Numero Uno x Bernstein) a 14-year-old stallion owned by Stal Horn B.V. & Caroline Müller on a perfect course and very well planned in its strategy, which allowed for the second round draw enough advantage to complete their court in 45.16 seconds.
The advantage achieved by Kutscher was 1.45 seconds, but the real struggle is ultimately focus from second to fourth place when the difference was only 15 hundredths of a second between Kevin Staut, Emanuele Gaudiano and Simon Delestre. Being the class favorite for its location on the World Ranking at number 2, Delestre and 11-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto II) finished in fourth place stopping the clock at 46.76 seconds. For the third with only 2 hundredths of a second below a quick Italian Emanuele Guadiana made do to finished in the podium with the 10-year-old stallion Caspar 232 (Casper x Padarco) in 46.74 seconds, while second place finish in to the French Kevin Staut who completed their journey in time of 46.61 seconds with 11-year-old gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker) owned by Haras Des Coudrettes.
Finally three winners in the week of Longines Masters following position from fifth to seventh with Irish Bertram Allen would take fifth place in time of 47.11 seconds and closing the group of top five, followed by the sixth for German Daniel Deusser in 47.60 seconds and the Frenchman Roger Yves Bost who completed their round in time of 48.07 seconds, with the last double clear at seventh place.