Rolf-Goran Bengtsson wins the Paris LGCT grand prix and Scott Brash is fifth

Scott Brash and Ursula XII claimed fifth with a treble clear in the Longines Global Champions tour grand prix of Paris.

Six contended the jump-off with Scott easing the Ahorn 15-year-old Ursula into the slowest of the jump-off clears. Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson claimed a popular win on the great 17-year-old stallion Casall ASK (pictured) with 0.52 sec to spare over France’s Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan.

The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders bounced up the order to take seventh on Don VHP Z – produced in Britain by Louise Pavitt for Brendon Stud – improving on their round one four faults with a fast clear in round two. Laura Renwick and Bintang had eight in round one.

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann still heads the LGCT grand prix leader-board on 209 points, but Rolf-Goran is rapidly closing the gap and his win today puts him just nine points behind. Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander is third on 197 points, Ireland’s Bertram Allen is in fourth on 154 and John Whitaker is fifth with 146 points.

John Whitaker took fifth on Old Lodge’s Cassini II 12-year-old Lord of Arabia in the Renault Talisman 5* 1.45/1.50m speed, 1.42 sec behind the winner. Alexandra Thornton and Charielle claimed 10th with a steady clear. Four faults saw Laura drop from sixth to 16th on Heliodor Hybris.

Imogen Beecroft and the Andiamo/Lux 15-year-old Untouchable took second in the Magic Millions 1.15m, 1.19 sec behind the pace. Alicia Store was 12th on Capellini with one time fault in the first round.

Four faults in round one dropped Claire Beecroft and Burganato 11th in the 1* 1.40m.

Photos © LGCT/Stefano Grasso