Laura Renwick and Michael Whitaker take wins on the final day in Madrid


Laura Renwick has enjoyed a fabulous show on the Longines Global Champions tour of Madrid with a double victory on day one. And she rounded off the show in fine style, taking the concluding Global Champions League of Madrid as one half of the Rome Gladiators team.

Laura, riding the on-form Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Orlando 10-year-old Bintang and partnering British-based American Laura Kraut on Confu, the two Lauras headed the exciting leg of the GCL by just one fault.

Laura Kraut posted a double clear and Laura Renwick incurred four faults n round two, but they remained ahead of their nearest rivals – Cannes Stars Marco Kutscher (Clenur) and Roger Yves Bost (Sunshine Du Phare) on five faults and also 20 sec slower.

Antwerp Diamonds Harrie Smolders (Aiyetoro) and Audrey Coulter (Alex) took third on eight faults. The Miami Glory team of Scott Brash (Ursula XII) and Georgina Bloomberg (Calista) took fifth on 12 and John Whitaker (Lord of Arabia) and Bertram Allen (Quiet Easy 4) as the Valkenswaard United team took 10th on nine.

Despite it not going their way for John and Bertram on this occasion, Valkenswaard United remain ahead on the leader-board, but their lead is dramatically shortened, and they are just three points ahead on 145 points of the Monaco Aces on 142 with the Antwerp Diamonds just one point further adrift on 141 after six legs of 15.

Michael Whitaker topped the 5* Copa Del Ray 1.55m with Viking, the Jacomar 14-year-old proving half a sec in front in the 10-strong decider, beating Germany’s Christian Ahlmann into second on Caribis Z.

One time fault in round one prevented Scott Brash from contending the jump-off and Hello Guv’Nor took ninth spot. Laura Renwick and MHS Washington had four faults.

Michael also took eighth on and Daedalus Van T&I, a Salvador V/Heartbreaker 13-year-old, in the Kings College 1.45m speed and handiness, four added seconds dropping him down the line from a potential third. Brazil’s Pedro Veniss won on Rissoa d’Ag Bois Margot. A steady round from Ben Maher and Casall/Calvaro Z eight-year-old Cliff 67 took 15th.

Alexandra Thornton and the Quick Star 15-year-old Quiletta Du Domaine took 15th in the 2* 1.45m.

Photos © LGCT/Stefano Grasso

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