Britain’s Ben Maher kicks of sixth leg of GCT Season in Monte Carlo with a win aboard Aristo Z…

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The opening class of the stunning Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco was won by Ben Maher (GBR) and Aristo Z, who set the harbour side arena alight with a lightening round to finish on a double clear in a time of 31.61s. Second went to Constant van Paesschen (BEL), who adds another top three finish to his ever-growing tally, this time with Citizenguard Rioso van de Kapel in 32.38s, and third went to Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and VDL Groep Eureka in 32.46s.

The opening CSI5* class of the show saw a relatively straight-forward course from Luc Musette, a welcoming test to introduce the horses to this unique, tight arena. With excited crowds gathering along every side, VIPs looking on from the exclusive double-decker stands and rows of international flags leaping about in the wind, this arena can be intimidating for the young and inexperienced rider or mount.

But with a star-packed start list of riders giving their Grand Prix horses a first outing, problems were few and far between. Of the 45 starters, eleven jumped a double clear round with eight riders collecting a time penalty for exceeding the time allowed.

Maikel van der Vleuten took the lead from 8th to go and looked like he’d be tough to beat with his speedy grey. Constant van Paesschen rarely enters a class he does’t try to win and he was able to shave 0.08s off the leading time. But Ben Maher was not to be deterred, chasing the time down with some daring turn-backs and attacking strides to take the win.

Source: GCT

Prix Fédération Equestre de la Principauté de Monaco
Int. jumping competition in special two phases (1.45 m) FEI Art. 274.5.6 – CSI5* LGCT

1. 73 Aristo Z Maher, Ben GBR 1650.00 EUR 0 penalties 31.61 sec
chest 10y.G /Andiamo Z/Flamenco Desemilly/ZANG/103FB82/ Jane Forbes Clark phase 2
2. 42 Citizenguard Rioso van de Kape Van Paesschen, Constant BEL 1000.00 EUR 0 penalties 32.38 sec
chest 13y.M /Idem D Azur/Glennhidge/SBS/BEL40584/ Hph & S. & B. Van Paesschen phase 2
3. 9 VDL Groep Eureka van der Vleuten, Maikel NED 750.00 EUR 0 penalties 32.46 sec
grey 10y.M /Chin Chin/Quidam de Revel/BWP/102ZV94/ H.A. van der Vleuten & Stoeter phase 2
4. 89 Blue Boy V. Berkenbroeck Garcia, Juan Carlos ITA 500.00 EUR 0 penalties 32.77 sec
grey 13y.S /Poorboy/Latano/BWP/BEL41026/ Michel Spaas phase 2
5. 97 Anisette de Lassus Schwizer, Pius SUI 300.00 EUR 0 penalties 33.64 sec
chest 8y.M /Sherman-Sitte/Blume la Borderie/BWP/103VV35/ Balmelli Armando phase 2
6. 22 Vipreska de la Falize Wathelet, Gregory BEL 225.00 EUR 0 penalties 34.37 sec
grey 9y.M /President/Papillon Rouge/SBS/103JB19/ Alain et Remy Gilson phase 2
7. 63 Amira Hanley, Cameron IRL 150.00 EUR 0 penalties 35.26 sec
black 9y.M /Air Jordan Z/Chellano Z/ZANG/103BB50/ Paschoud Eléonore & Bouvier Yve phase 2
8. 59 Air Pia V. Z Deusser, Daniel GER 125.00 EUR 0 penalties 35.39 sec
bay 9y.M /Air Jordan Z/Pilot/ZANG/103GY23/ Stephex Stables phase 2
9. 50 Bandito Pinchen, Yasmin GBR 100.00 EUR 0 penalties 38.38 sec
bay 8y.G /Verdi/Ekstein/KWPN/103DQ44/ Mrs Nancy Pinchen phase 2
10. 96 Clarimo Ask Bengtsson, Rolf-Göran SWE 100.00 EUR 0 penalties 38.44 sec
grey 11y.S /Clearway/Caletto II/HOLST/102TH18/ Verband d.Züchter des Holsteiner P phase 2
11. 92 Little Lady Z Ahlmann, Christian GER 50.00 EUR 0 penalties 38.73 sec
bay 13y.M /Laptop/Grannus/HANN/103CX89/ Stoeterij Zangersheide phase 2
12. 108 Bella Donna 66 Al Attiyah, Hamad Ali Mohamed A QAT 50.00 EUR 1 penalty 41.40 sec
dbay 11y.M /Baldini II/Calido I/HOLST/GER44350/ Qatar Armed Forces phase 2