The high adrenaline €400,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, with a 1.60m course designed by Uliano Vezzani, did see 41 riders on the starting grid. Among them World No2 Christian Ahlmann on Epleaser van’t Heike, Edwina Tops-Alexander on her LGCT Miami Beach winner Lintea Tequila, World No3 Scott Brash on Hello Guv’Nor, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson on Unita Ask, Kent Farrington on Gazelle, Michael Whitaker on Viking and Steve Guerdat on Bianca.
The big, sweeping grass arena spans 125m x 75m and is in sharp contrast the more compact sand arena next to the Atlantic Ocean shoreline in Miami Beach a week ago. The different competition arenas test the horses and ensure only the best all rounders can win the overall championship.
Only four combinations produced two clear basic rounds, qualifing for the final jump-off. Former European Champion, Roger Yves Bost and the 12-year-old Qoud’Coeur de la Loge (by Ideal de la Loge) set the fastest time in this jump-off. The pair crossed the finish in 37.23 seconds.
Bertram Allen came close to Bost’s time aboard Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (by Cabrio van de Heffinck). Unfortunate for the combination one rail went down, concluding with a third place. Belgium’s Jos Verlooy played safe. Together with Caracas (by Casall) the Belgian show jumper finished clear ending as runner-up.
The top five was completed by Christian Ahlmann (Epleaser van’t Heike) and Steve Guerdat (Bianca) in fourth and fifth place. Last weeks winning pair, Edwina Tops Alexander and Lintea Tequila didn’t like the grassy ring. The pair finished 25th.
With his victory ‘Bosty’ returned home with 132,000 Euro.
Saturday’s action saw the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Mexico City magnificent from beginning to end. As LGCT Founder, Jan Tops, stated: “If I could write a perfect script of how we want it to go the last two days are it.” Frenchman Roger Yves Bost would agree, as in a fantastic four horse jump-off between four nations, it was Bosty and Quod’Couer de La Loge (Ideal de la Loge x Tenor de la Cour) who went fault-free and fast for flawless day and the win in Mexico City.