Scott Brash is in the money in Mexico

Scott Brash had to settle for second by a mere fraction on Hello M’Lady in the Massimo Dutti 1.50/1.55m on day one on the Longines Global Champions tour of Mexico – the first of the 2017 season.

Only eight of the 52 starters posted initial clears to go forward to the jump-off and although Scott produced a deceptively quick round on the Indoctro/Baloubet du Rouet 11-year-old M’Lady, it wasn’t quite fast enough.

But it was ladies day as mares filled the top two places. On-form Canadian pairing Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 55 proved fractionally quicker to take victory by just 0.24 sec.

The Global Champions League got off in fine style with just one team on a zero score leading after round one. Alberti Zorzi on Cornetto K joined forces with Bertram Allen on Hector van d’Abdijhoeve as Valkenswaard United to take an early lead.

Scott and Hello M’Lady posted a clear but Miami Glory partner Paris Sellon returned on 12 faults with Cassandra to drop to sixth.

Ireland’s Bertram had headed the opening 1.45m two-phase by a comfortable 1.22 sec on the Quidam’s Rubin/Zapateado 13-year-old Quiet Easy 4 from Mexico’s Gonzalo Azcarraga on Quite Nice 5.

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