A brilliant day for the Swiss, in which he has also won with his team, London Knights, in the fifth venue of the Global Champions League
Martin Fuchs and "Chaplin", the last exit to the arena today, uprooted the most thunderous applause in a thrilling jump-off. For only three tenths of a second, the Swiss has become champion of this Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid, beating Maikel Van der Vleuten and his grey "Dana Blue". “I had the phone in my hand to watch Maikel´s course and decide what to do to beat him”.But this wasn´t the only time the Swiss has get to raise a cup today. Along with his teammate the British Ben Maher, both have been very fast dominating the second round of the Global Champions League, that in this venue has had three teams with double clear rounds the two days, something unusual.
The second place went to the Dutch who, during the press conference, has thanked Marta Ortega for the purchase of "Dana Blue", the 11-year-old KWPN mare who is giving her so much joy. Without going any further, today has savored another victory with his father Eric, obtaining the third position in the Global Champions League with his team Madrid in Motion, which has won 4 positions in the final ranking. Explosive the debut of the Dutch Bart Bles, who claims to be "very happy" after winning the bronze in what has been his first Grand Prix 5 * and first Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour
The complicated class of thirteen obstacles at 1.60m, designed by Santiago Varela, delighted the fans of the Club de Campo. Of the 35 pairs classified in the previous class, Massimo Dutti Trophy, only eleven riders have managed to overcome all the bars in the time allowed and get into the jump-off.
Massimo Dutti Trophy – Global Champions League
Massimo Dutti Trophy has also been a close race. Thus, with almost identical results in time, Spencer Smith has been the final champion. The American, with his 12-year-old horse "Theodore Manciais", has imposed for only a few tenths of a second on Martin Fuchs. The team of the Swiss, London Knights, has been the winner of the second round by teams, in which Fuchs and Ben Maher have performed a brilliant test. Madrid in Motion has achieved the bronze medal in this second round by teams, thanks to both clear rounds of Eric and Maikel Van der Vleuten, who has acknowledged that it is "especially here, in the capital, where he wanted to achieve a good result". After this, the local team climbs four places in the global ranking, up to the sixth position. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Swans remain leaders of the ranking.
In the CSI2* classes, a very fast Alberto Márquez Galobardes with "Aldo du Manoir" set an unbeatable time at the start of the Mahou Trophy, 1.40m height. Behind the Spanish gold has been classified Ashlee Harrison with "Atout des Trambles". Both pairs repeat podium of the last edition, in which the tandem from Madrid was second in this same class and the British, first in 1.25m.
Just eight pairs rose early for the first class of the day, Marca Trophy, at 1.15m height. The winner was the Spanish Paula Arnaiz Cuenca with "Tacoac D'Elpegere", the only clear round. Álvaro Mateos won the next 1.25m class, also sponsored by Marca, with his small and fast "Worissa S Whinny". The American Mary Kate Olsen has been the only foreigner capable of entering the Spanish podium with her second start upon "Naomi", a 12-year-old mare that she acquired in February and with which she has already won at Valkenswaard and Eschweiler in 1.20m.