Ludger Beerbaum takes the Grand Prix in Chantilly

Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum headed the Longines Global Champions tour of Chantilly grand prix in an eight-strong jump-off with the Contender 13-year-old Chiara, the fastest of the four treble clears.

Scott Brash and Hello Forever incurred four faults in round one to take 23rd and Laura Renwick and Heliodor Hybris had eight.

This saw Ludger shoot up the leaderboard to second on 126 points. Fellow German Christian Ahlmann stays comfortably on top on 186 points. Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson is in third on 125 points, Daniel Bluman is fourth on 120. Ireland’s Bertram Allen and John Whitaker are in fifth and sixth on 113 points each.

In the 2* 1.45m, Sussex-based Irishman David Simpson took third on the Stalypso/Contendro I 10-year-old Starfighter, four sec behind the winner. Nicole Pavitt and Victor Blue posted their usually speedy round, but four faults dropped them to 19th. And David was also fifth in the 1.40m on Unex Cognac IV, two sec behind the pace.

Alexandra Thornton took 14th on Charielle with two time faults in the Del Monte 1.45m, won by France’s Julien Epaillard on Sheriff De La Nutria LM. Scott Brash and Hello Annie dropped to 18th with four faults.

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