Global Champions Tour in Cannes : Victories for Rozier and Schröder
Gerco Schröder hit the Global Champions Tour jackpot on Saturday night beating Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Edwina Tops-Alexander in a top class Grand Prix finale.
Philippe had to beat a blistering round by German Philipp Weishaupt who finished on 59.50 after a remarkable display of speed on his bay stallion Leoville 2. But with only a few riders to go in the 5* class, Philippe was faster at the halfway mark and took the outside turn to the final Jaeger-LeCoultre fence but at a super fast pace to finish in 58.96.
Philippe, riding his chestnut mare Akita, said : “It is a great pleasure to win here at the GCT in Cannes and very special to win in France. I decided not to take the inside turn to the last but I went very fast to the last.”
The atmosphere and the temperature have been rising throughout the day in anticipation of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix where the world’s star riders will be pulling out all the stops for all-important Gerco Schröder hit the Global Champions Tour jackpot on Saturday night beating Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Edwina Tops-Alexander in a top class Grand Prix finale.
The Dutch rider hit the gas early in the jump off on his stallion Eurocommerce London and accelerated to the finish line in 34.22 beating Swedish rider Rolf and the champion horse Casall La Silla.
Edwina was last to go and the crowd held their breath as she entered the ring to try for a historic hatrick - winning three GCT Grand Prix in Cannes. The packed grandstand went silent as the Australian golden girl and her star horse Cevo Itôt du Chateau pushed for the triple. They flew over the final Global Champions Tour fence but despite a characteristically brilliant round, Edwina and Itôt finished in 34.89 and third place on the podium.
Edwina remains current ranking leader of the GCT 2012 series so far and has led the board since the opening event in Doha, Qatar, in April. It means the GCT series is wide open with several leading riders in contention for the overall championship at the end of the season in November.
All three riders in the Cannes Grand Prix achieved triple clears round a series of seriously challenging courses designed by Uliano Vezzani.
Résults of the Grand Prix CSI 5* in Cannes
- Eurocommerce London, Gerco Schröder (NED)
- Casall La Silla, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE)
- Cevo Itot du Château, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
- AD Rahmannshof's Bogeno, Alvaro de Miranda (BRA)
- Tripple X III, Ben Maher (GBR)
- Cornet Obolensky, Marco Kutscher (GER)
- Copin van de Broy, Marcus Ehning (GER)
- Taloubet Z, Christian Ahlmann (GER)
- Hallo Sailor, Tina Fletcher (GBR)
- Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois, Roger-Yves Bost (FRA)
Ranking after 5th leg of GCT in Cannes
- Edwina Tops-Alexander
- Marcus Ehning
- Ben Maher
- Gerco Schröder
- Rolf-Göran Bengtsson
- Marco Kutscher
- Christian Ahlmann
- Gregory Wathelet
- Steve Guerdat
- Simon Delestre