Following the fifth leg of the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour season, it is Australia’s two-time Championship winner Edwina Tops-Alexander who leads the overall standings with an impressive lead now, carrying 146 points overall. The two-time season winner is ranked number one on the Longines Global Champions Tour overall standing after finishing 5th in the Grand Prix of Cannes riding Ego van Orti. Collecting 37 points for her second place finish in the Grand Prix of Shanghai, aboard her new mount Old Chap Time, Edwina is the only rider on the current Season standings to have collected points at each leg of the current GCT season.
“I’m really happy with my horse today” said Edwina. “Last week, being second was a better result, but today I did maximum effort and my horse gave maximum effort – I couldn’t have done anything better, there were just too many clears! There is still a long way to go in the Championship and everyone is hot on my tail. How I have won in the past is by being consistent and Ego has been placed in all three GCT Grand Prix he has jumped in so I couldn’t be happier.”
Edwina’s Longines Global Champions Tour season so far…
- 2014 Grand Prix of Antwerp riding Old Chap Tame. Edwina finished 17th earning 20.00 points
- 2014 Grand Prix of Madrid riding Ego Van Orti, Edwina finished 4th place earning 33.00 points
- 2014 Grand Prix of Hamburg riding Ego Van Orti. Edwina finished 13th earning 24.00 points
- 2014 Grand Prix of Shanghai riding Old Chap Tame. Edwina finished 2nd earning 37.00 points
- 2014 Grand Prix of Cannes riding Ego Van Orti. Edwina finished 5th earning 32.00 points
Portugal’s Luciana Diniz takes over second position from Britain’s Ben Maher after her second place finish in the Grand Prix of Cannes. Ludger Beerbaum sits in third position with 91 points overall despite retiring from the Grand Prix of Cannes with Chaman. Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson holds fourth position and Qatar’s Bassam Hassan Mohammed sits in fifth position as the top-ranked Qatari rider for the season thus far. Following his third place finish with Silvana HDC in this past weekend’s Grand Prix event, France’s Kevin Staut sits in sixth position while Daniel Deusser, reigning World Cup Finals Champions, holds seventh position with 84 points overall.
Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano sits in eighth position while reigning 2013 LGCT Champion and Grand Prix winner in Cannes, Scott Brash, now jumps up to ninth position after breaking the Top 10. Ben Maher, previously sitting in 10th position overall, drops down to tenth position, but will look competitive with his mare Cella, as they soon will defend their London title in August.
2014 Longines Global Champions Tour Season Rankings
Following Cannes, France
Athletes may take part in all Longines Global Champions Tour events. A maximum of 50% of the 2014 competitions, rounded up to the next whole number, will count for points for the 2014 overall LGCT Ranking classification. In case of a tie on points for any position at the end of the season, the athlete with the most 1st placings will have the advantage. If there is still a tie, the athlete with the most 2nd placings will have the advantage and so on until all those on equal points have been separated.
1st Edwina Tops-Alexander 146.00
2nd Luciana Diniz 91.00
3rd Ludger Beerbaum 91.00
4th Rolf-Göran Bengtsson 89.00
5th Bassem Hassan Mohammed 85.00
6th Kevin Staut 84.00
7th Daniel Deusser 84.00
8th Emanuele Gaudiano 78.00
9th Scott Brash 75.00
10th Ben Maher 67.00