Jerome Guery lands the big one in Miami

Belgium’s Jerome Guery galloped to victory in the Longines Global Champions tour grand prix of Miami on Grand Cru van de Rozenberg.

Only four reached the high-octane jump-off, and Jerome left the best until last, netting the big prize with the final draw on the 11-year-old Grand Cru by 0.57 sec.

Italy’s Alberto Zorzi rode into second on Cornetto K with Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts also double clear on Chilli Willi for third. In contention, the Netherlands’ Harrie Smolder’s hopes faded fast when the striking stallion Emerald lost his footing on a turn and couldn’t regain balance quickly enough to take on the double. Harrie calmly circled and continued, but could only take fourth place.

Four faults in round one dropped the Brits out of contention, Scott Brash and Hello M’Lady taking ninth with Ben and Tic Tac in 13th.

A winner 48 hours earlier, Amanda Derbyshire had to settle for second in the 1* 1.40m speed with the Cartani/Corrado I 11-year-old Lady Maria BH. Ireland’s Daniel Coyle dominated with first and third on Fortis Fortuna and Farona. Alexandra Thornton slotted Caballero 84 into sixth with a steadier clear.

Four faults in the 1.55/1.60m speed – also counting towards the Global Champions league – put Scott Brash and Hello M’Lady down to 11th. Ben Maher also picked up four faults with Don Vito to drop to 20th place. The USA’s Kent Farrington took charge here, winning by just 0.09 sec on the Lord Z/Notaris 10-year-old Creedance.

But as the team London Knights, Ben joined forces with Kent to head the Global Champions league on a total of eight faults.

Mexico’s winners Valkenswaard United chased hard in the form of Alberto Zorzi (Cornetto K) and Ireland’s Bertram Allen (Hector van d’Abdijhoeve) and they also clocked eight faults over the two-round competition, but finished 10 sec in arrears for second place. At this early stage, they still top the league by eight points over the London Knights.

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