Fridays seem to bring good luck to Switzerland’s young talent Martin Fuchs. Two weeks ago he won Friday’s Grand Prix at Zürich and on Friday, February 10, 2017 he returned to the sport in top form after recovering from a broken nose to win the $95,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy at the Longines Masters CSI5* of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China.
“It doesn’t hurt except when I touch it,” Fuchs joked. “And fun fact, Clooney hit me in the face yesterday during a training, I had some tears coming…!”
But the taste of victory helped to sweeten the pain. “I was very motivated by this class,” the rider added. “I knew it was going to be a good winning round, with all the great riders. But I was able to pull out some strides in two lines, and even if Clooney is not really fast, I managed to turn sharply and demand the gallop at the best time. I’m very happy!”
It was a 1.50m class with winning round designed by the Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani. Twelve riders who didn’t touch a pole advanced to the shortened course, leaving just Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer out of it with one time fault. Five out of the 26 starters managed to complete a double clear round.
Fuchs and the 11-year-old Westfalian gelding Clooney (Cornet Obolensky X Ferragamo) completed their winning course in an unbeatable time of 41.18 seconds.
“Clooney has a good reputation of clear rounds in grand prix classes, and with this victory tonight, I know I can ask for more,” said the winner.
France’s Simon Delestre and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall X Concerto 4) filled the runner-up position stopping the timers in 41.27 seconds.
Third place went to Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano who rode the 11-year-old OS stallion Caspar (Berlin X Padarco 2) filling the last spot in the podium in 41.39 seconds.
Last year’s Grand Prix winners, Germany’s Marco Kutcher and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion Van Gogh (Numero Uno X Bernstein) showed they are in good form ahead of Sunday’s Longines Masters Grand Prix of Hong Kong, finishing in 4th in 42.42 seconds, while 5th place went to Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander and the feisty 10-year-old KWPN mare California (L’Espirit X Libero H) riding a steady clear in 44.40 seconds.
You can see the full result’s of this class following this link.
Photos in this gallery are by RBpresse/Jessica Rodrigues