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Philipp Weishaupt wins the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Estoril

Philipp Weishaupt was saluted for his brave and daring jump off round as he clinched his first Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win in Estoril, beating his “boss” Ludger Beerbaum !

The 26-year-old German pulled off a brilliant clear on Leoville in an unbeatable time of 44.96 on Saturday night in Estoril (Portugal). Michael Whitaker was second on Viking in 45.65 and leading german rider Ludger Beerbaum, on Chaman came in third in 47.46 in a vintage jump off.

Philipp Weishaupt
Philipp Weishaupt on Leoville wins the seventh leg of the GCT in Estoril. © Sportfot/GCT

It was a breakthrough Grand Prix for leading Saudi rider Kamal Bahamdan, who will be going to the Olympic Games in London in only a few weeks. Kamal, riding Noblesse des Tess, the bay mare by Cumano, took some courageous risks in a brilliantly executed round with a blistering finish over the final GCT fence in 48.98 and fourth place.
Christian Ahlmann who has not been very lucky during this GCT leg, finishes in sixth place and Frenchman Philippe Rozier is seventh.

Kamal Bahamdan
Saudi rider Kamal Bahamdan patting his horse Noblesse de Tess after his brilliantly executed round that earns him the fourth place in the Grand Prix. © Sportfot/GCT

Edwina Tops-Alexander remains overall GCT ranking leader and, despite four faults in the second round today, she has extended her lead further to 189 points - a whopping 68 ahead of her nearest rival Denis Lynch. During the presse conference, Philipp Weishaupt was asked if he was in trouble for beating his boss and said: “I am happy to beat Ludger once in a while. It is not easy to beat Ludger but it is even better when we are both on the podium.” Ludger Beerbaum said of his third place, the first on the GCT podium this year said he was really happy at the way his horse jumped, and said Philipp « is not just a good rider but also a winner » The footing on the new grass surface was widely praised as the “best ever” by riders including Whitaker and Beerbaum, and GCT President Jan Tops said « We can see everything has improved here ».

Results of Grande Prémio Turismo de Portugal, I.P.
  1. Léoville, Philipp Weishaupt (GER)
  2. Viking, Michael Whitaker (GBR)
  3. Chaman, Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
  4. Noblesse de Tess, Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan (SAU)
  5. Exquis Walnut de Muze, Harrie Smoders (NED)
  6. Aragon, Christian Ahlmann (GER)
  7. Dakar, Philippe Rozier (FRA)
  8. All Star, Denis Lynch, (IRL)
  9. Ego Van Orti, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
  10. Oz de Breve, Laura Renwick (USA)
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Article publié le 16-07-2012

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