Scott Brash was in phenomenal form at the first leg of the season’s Longines Global Champions tour in Mexico.
After riding Hello M’Lady into second in the big class of the day, the 1.50/1.55m, he hit top gear in the GNP Seguros Trophy, a 1.55/1.60m speed to take a sweeping victory. A scorching round by the big-striding Indoctro/Baloubet du Rouet 11-year-old M’Lady held off all challenges to win the class by an impressive 2.80 sec.
Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs took second on Chaplin.
Scott’s round also contributed to the second round of the Global Champions League, and Miami Glory partner Paris Sellon matched his clean sheet with another clear on Cassandra. However, Paris had clocked up 12 faults in round one, and this dropped them to fourth overall.
Valkenwaard United claimed an early lead on the scoreboard, Alberto Zorzi (Cornetto K) and Bertram Allen (Hector van d’Abdijhoeve) – clear in round one, both lowered a rail to finish on eight over the two rounds. It was still good enough to win.
Martin Fuchs headed a strong six-horse decider to take the Longines GCT grand prix of Mexico, guiding Chaplin into a half sec victory over Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels on Gandia de Muze with the Netherlands’ Maikel van de Vleuten in third on VDL Groep Arera C. Scott was the only British competitor but dropped out of contention with 12 faults on Ursula XII for 19th.
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