For four days (15.-18.09) the best show jumpers of the world gave a guest performance on the harness racing track Wien-Krieau. The s.Oliver Vienna Masters, along with the Longines Global Champions Tour, attracts the Formula 1 of equestrian sports to Vienna.
The team Olympic champion from 2000 (Sydney) Marcus Ehning was one of 11 riders, who on Saturday (17.09.) made it into the jump off with two clear rounds for a chance at the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna (1.60 m). With his 11-year-old Westphalian stallion Comme il faut (after Cobolensky), the current world number 11 hardly put a hoof wrong. “He is a real fighter, always thinks and gives everything. In the jump off you can ride fast and today I’m glad it worked out. I saw Simon (Delestre) and wanted to do the same. From 1 to 2 I blew it that annoyed me. So then I really stepped on the gas.” says Ehning at the traditional press conference following the LGCT Grand Prix presented by LGT Private Banking.
No sooner said than done, the 42-year-old German was almost a second faster than the second placed Janne Friederike Meyer (0 / 39.68). With her 10-year-old Belgian gelding Goja the sixth placed at LGCT Montecarlo had nothing but outstanding rounds today, which made the triumph of Germany all the better. “I am very happy! With a horse like Goja I can afford to take some risks and I’m super proud of him. For me it’s like a victory.” For Ehning it was the second victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Vienna after that in 2014 at the LGCT in Ebreichsdorf.
In third place was the – according to the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses – currently the best jumper in the world, Chesall Zimequest. The 11-year-old descendant of Casall remained behind the world number three, Simon Delestre, also to the end without fault. The Frenchman was unlucky at Rio in 2016. He had to give up his spot on the team to substitute rider Philippe Rozier after his best horse Hermes Ryan was injured. Rozier then took the French team Olympic gold.
With today’s top ranking he moved forward six places in the interim result of the LGCT and is in fifth place behind Bertram Allen (IRL). “To be the first in a jump off with so many good riders is always difficult. Chesall was second in Rome last week and the week before he won a Grand Prix. So I can’t really complain.” Delestre is more than satisfied with his third place.
Bengtsson still leading – Tops-Alexander is hot on his heels
At the top of the LGCT ranking ahead of the Grand Finale in Doha (QAT) is Rolf Göran Bengtsson (SWE) with his five point lead over Edwina Tops Alexander (AUS). Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Bertram Allen (IRL) are still behind the top two. The president and founder Jan Tops was very pleased with the how the Longines Global Champions Tour has gone this year: “The race for the overall victory is very close and it will stay exciting until the end. Today nothing has changed on the overall ranking, Rolf is still five points ahead. I think the finale will be decided between Edwina and Rolf. Christian (Ahlmann) can’t catch up with them anymore. Rolf has had the better results over the season, but everything is still possible. The idea is that everything should be exciting until the end and this year it has worked perfectly. The winners will be decided only in the final.”
LGCT Founder and President Jan Tops gives insights into the exciting jump off at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna and reveals why the last LGCT stage is once again really exciting.
His Serene Highness Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein on the Viennese Krieau as a new place to host the LGCT.
13 – CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna presented by LGT Private Banking
Int. Jumping Competition over 2 Rounds 1.60 m
Qualifier for the EC Gothenburg,
Counts for the Longines Ranking and Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking
1. Comme il faut – Marcus Ehning (GER) 0/38.67 im Stechen
2. Goja – Janne Friederike Meyer (GER) 0/39.68 im Stechen
3. Chesall Zimequest – Simon Delestre (FRA) 0/40.18 im Stechen
4. VDL Groep Arera C – Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) 0/40.64 im Stechen
5. Winningmood – Luciana Diniz (POR) 0/41.42 im Stechen
6. Cornet 39 – Lauren Hough (USA) 0/42.75 im Stechen
7. Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC – Kevin Staut (FRA) 4/38.75 im Stechen
8. Apardi – Daniel Bluman (COL) 4/39.27 im Stechen
9. Dieudonne de Guldenboom – Jane Richard Philips (SUI) 4/39.54 im Stechen
10.Casall ASK – Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) 6/51.04 im Stechen
11.New York – Jack Towell (USA) 8/44.12 im Stechen
12.Caretina de Joter – Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) 2/72.68 Runde 2
13.Hello Forever – Scott Brash (GBR) 4/67.42 Runde 2
14.Hector van d’Abdijhoeve – Bertram Allen (IRL) 8/68.72 Runde 2
15.VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P. – Leopold van Asten (NED) 9/71.34 Runde 2
16.Bintang II – Laura Renwick (GBR) 9/88.54 Runde 2
17.Qlamp d’Ivraie – Gonzalo Anon Suarez (ESP) 12/68.66 Runde 2
18.Delphi – Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan (KSA) 12/83.42 Runde 2
Gesamtzwischenstand Longines Global Champions Tour 2016
1. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) 272
2. Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) 267
3. Christian Ahlmann (GER) 232
4. Bertram Allen (IRL) 221
5. Simon Delestre (FRA) 204
6. Harrie Smolders (NED) 200
7. Daniel Bluman (COL) 195
8. Ludger Beerbaum (GER) 194
9. Kevin Staut (FRA) 192
10.Oivier Philippaerts (BEL) 160