Scott Brash and Ursula are foot-perfect in Hamburg
Scott Brash and Denis Lynch teamed up as a formidable partnership to head the Longines Global Champions league as Miami Glory.
Overnight leaders with a zero score, the pair were again foot-perfect to take the second round with a fence in hand. Denis again rode RMF Echo while Scott swapped Hello Forever for Ursula XII, and the ice-cool partnership jumped a super clear to claim an outstanding win. Miami Glory now stand in sixth place on the leader-board, led by the Hamburg Diamonds.
This competition was also an individual 1.60m speed and grand prix qualifier, and John Whitaker guided Cassinis Chaplin into sixth in the 1.60m speed, the Cassini I nine-year-old finishing more than four sec behind the pace. British-bred Cabri D’Elle 11-year-old Lizziemary – produced by Emma-Jo Slater and Billy Twomey before being sold – took eighth for Israel’s Danielle Goldstein. Scott finished in 14th aboard Ursula with Denis taking 10th on Echo.
What a way to finish! The amazing partnership of Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and the 18-year-old stallion Casall ASK finished the stallion's career on a high in Hamburg. In a moment of pure sporting magic, they headed the Longines Global Champions tour grand prix as their swansong appearance from the final draw.
Only five reached the jump-off over Frank Rothenberger's power-jumping track, but today was the day for Rolf and the great Casall, and they provided a great – and quick – clear as last to go to win by a commanding 2.41 sec.
"I would carry on if I could, but it can't end any better, and Casall deserves it," said an emotional Rolf.
This marked Rolf's 10th Longines Global Champions tour grand prix win.
"Today the feeling was the same as if he was 11 years old or 18 years old. The more public there is in the ring, the more he likes it even better. To make the retirement of a horse like Casall ASK and to pick the show at our home ground in front of his home crowd, is a dream come true and the horse more than deserves this and many will remember him for many years, including me!” Rolf added.
The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders slotted into second on Don VHP Z – produced in Britain by Louise Simpson for Brendon Stud. Germany’s Christian Ahlmann took third on Epleaser Van’t Heike with Brazil’s Yuri Mansur and Babylotte was the slowest double clear for fourth and Germany’s Laura Klaphake took fifth on four faults aboard Catch Me If You Can.
The lightest of rubs at the concluding double in round one put John Whitaker and the nine-year-old Cassinis Chaplin on four faults, but there is a lot more to come from this exciting nine-year-old.
Germany’s Gilbert Tillman headed the 4* speed derby on Positana with more than three sec to spare.
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