Brits dominated the 5* 1.50m GNP Seguros Trophy at the Global Champions tour in Mexico as Scott Brash led the way followed closely by Ben Maher.
A smiling Scott said: “I’m very happy with the win today, Mr President jumped fantastic - he was a little spooky in the ring yesterday but he jumped brilliantly today. He’s a naturally very fast horse, so I just try to guide him in the right way and he’s always there or thereabouts in the end. Ben [Maher] jumped a fantastic round too so it’s great to get a [British] one-two here in Mexico."
Thirty-five competitors soared around the enormous grass area in the hope to pick up the Speed Class honours in preparation for tomorrows GCL final and the all important LGCT Grand Prix of Mexico City and there was no let up in the pace throughout the whole class. The course was built full up to 1.50m but Scott managed to place Hello Mr President on just the right lines to take home the title, ahead of compatriot Ben Maher with Don Vito.
First to take on this afternoon’s course was British-based Irishman Shane Breen riding the big grey stallion Colmar - they started off the class with a clear round although they were not fast enough to finish within in the top five and he finished ninth.
Fifth to go Scott is always on top form here in Mexico City and today was no different - he stormed ahead on the naturally fast 10-year-old Hello Mr President leaving the rest of the field to chase him down. Unexpectedly, Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca who normally is one of the fastest used the competition to school his grand prix horse Scuderia 1018 Halifax van het Kluizebos round for a steady clear in order to save him for the big class tomorrow.
It was the battle of the British as Ben attempted to take on Scott’s time. He crossed the line just half a second slower leaving him and the Quaprice Z 11-year-old Don Vito in second place. Next in The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders riding Zinius tried to take a stride out in one of the early lines however he paid the price for it as the pole fell causing him to finish in a very quick time but with four faults.
New to the GCL teams this year William Whitaker landed a spot within the top ten with the Chacco-Blue 10-year-old RMF Chacco Top jumping a very balanced clear round 5.48 sec off the winning time.
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