World No1 Scott Brash wins ahead of the Grand Prix

(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT).

 

 

By Longines Global Champions Tour

 

 

Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Annie won this afternoon’s CSI5* 1.45m in fine style ahead of the feature class today, the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix, making the 2013 LGCT Champion one of the favourites to win this evening.

Brash came from the later half of the draw to better Luca Moneta (ITA) and Jesus de la Commune’s time by almost half a second, pushing the Italian into 2nd. Many riders came close to bettering his time but could not quite do it, with the top five all finishing within one second of each other. Italy had a strong result with Emanuele Gaudiano and Caesario 6 claiming 3rd.

Top names expected to do well in the Grand Prix later who also put in strong performances were Ben Maher (GBR), Daniel Deusser (GER) and Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) who all finished in the Top Ten.

Watch the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid live on GCT TV from 5pm (local time). You can view the start list here. Enjoy the build-up, with interviews featuring Doda de Miranda (BRA) and Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) from 4.25pm.