Belgian Thierry Goffinet wins the Grand Prix of the fourth week at the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2017 with a 3-second lead in the tiebreaker. (Photo © vilamouraatlantictour.com)
The fourth week of CSI 3* Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2017 concluded with the dispute of the Crédito Agricola Grand Prix and the decisive victory for the Belgian Thierry Goffinet.
Taking a second place in the last FEI class, Goffinet guided his 11-year-old gelding Artuur Jh Z (Andiamo x Baloubet du Rouet) to the victory, after completing his jump-off round in 38.87 seconds, securing 50 World Ranking points and €6,250 being his 3-second lead against Reynald Angot of France, who scored the last double clear round of the competition in 41.76 seconds with 11-year-old mare Sumphonie des Biches (Kannan x Damiro B*HN). The top five ranked were in third-placed Marc Bettinger of Germany completing a course of 4 fouls in 42.60 seconds with Quincy W (Quinnus II x Continue), followed in the fourth place by Adrien Rouchon of France and Scala des Champs ( Ideal of La Loge x Kannan) registering 4 fouls in 43.49 seconds and for last his compatriot Patrice Astier with Gigolo V/D Molendreef (Clearway x Upsilon Vd Heffinck) were fifth with 4 fouls in 44.32 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking the best placed was Luiz Felipe de Azevedo in the eighth position completing a tiebreak of 7 fouls with 11-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler). Also Cassio Rivetti participated in the jump-off totaling 16 fouls in the 10th place with Ulahop Boy (Lamm de Fetan x Kannan), Marlon Modolo Zanotelli exceeded the time allowed for the regular round being penalized with 1 foul with Sirene of La Motte (Apache d’ Adriers x Uriel d’Orval) and fellowmen Felipe Ramos Guinato closed the group taking World Ranking points in 15th place with 4 fouls in the company of Quidam’s Gray Lady (Quidam’s Rubin x Eiger I). Outside the FEI points ended Brazilians Adir Abreu Juniro and Joao Victor Castro in the 26th and 27th places on 8-foul course, while Chilean Tomas Couve Correa was 35th with 17 fouls.