Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano wins Copa del rey Trophy of Madrid aboard Cocoshynsky….

Gaudiano and her Royal Highness Elena Maria Isabel Dominca de Silos, Infanta of Spain and Duchess of Ludo ph. Stefano Grasso/LGCT

The final class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid event, the Copa Del Rey Trophy, was won by Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano and Cocoshynsky in front of a full house at the stunning Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Second place went to Patrice Delaveau (FRA) and Orient Express HDC and 3rd to John Whitaker (GBR) and Argento. Her Royal Highness Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Lugo was in attendance for this special occasion and presented the trophy to the very happy winner.

Gaudiano, who is currently ranked 2nd in the LGCT Championship, has looked primed for a win since his great performance in the LGCT of Antwerp Grand Prix last weekend. The brave Italian dared his horse at every turn in the jump-off, pulling off a spectacular final round. John Whitaker and Argento were the first of the six clears through to the second round to tackle Santiago Varela’s demanding course, setting a time of 55.18 seconds. Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC looked like the ones to beat from the start, making the technical first round look easy where other experienced combinations had struggled. Though the Frenchman was able to snatch just under a second from Whitaker’s time, Gaudiano was last to go and knew exactly what was needed to win – he threw caution to the wind to claim the victory with a time of 51.53 seconds.

The crowds cheered the riders’ fantastic performances this evening as they took their lap of honor in the setting sun. Nearly 30,000 visitors have attended the three-day show, enjoying beautiful sunshine every day at this incredible venue. Looking ahead to next round of the LGCT 2014 in Hamburg (29 May – 1 June), we are sure to see an electrifying Grand Prix. With the top four riders in the LGCT Championship ranking – Eric Lamaze (CAN), Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) – separated by just 1 point, there is all to play for.

Source: GCT

Int. jumping competition over two rounds (1.55 m) FEI Art. + 273.4.3 – CSI5* GCT

1. 64 Cocoshynsky Gaudiano, Emanuele ITA 20130.00 EU 0 penalties 51.53 sec
bay 11y.M /Cornet Obolensky/Popcorn/WESTF/102YQ85/ Equita Kft round 2
2. 36 Orient Express HDC Delaveau, Patrice FRA 12200.00 EU 0 penalties 52.73 sec
bay 12y.S /Quick Star Sf/Le Tot de Semilly/SF/102QT10/ Haras Des Coudrettes round 2
3. 43 Argento Whitaker, John GBR 9150.00 EUR 0 penalties 55.18 sec
dbay 12y.S /Arko III/Gasper/AES/GBR41988/ Mr & Mrs Whitaker round 2
4. 97 Ambler Gambler Farrington, Kent USA 6100.00 EUR 0 penalties 56.00 sec
bay 9y.S /Colander/Numero Uno/KWPN/103CZ66/ Amalaya Investments & Haity Mc Ner round 2
5. 10 Victor Foster, Tiffany CAN 3660.00 EUR 4 penalties 54.90 sec
bay 12y.G /Elmshorn/Grandeur/KWPN/DEN40627/ Torrey Pines Stable & Artisan Farms round 2
6. 92 Zekina Z Richard Philips, Jane SUI 2745.00 EUR 4 penalties 56.05 sec
chest 13y.M /Zandor Z/Carthago Z/ZANG/NED40527/ Richard Jane + Allevamento Gulden round 2
7. 5 Citizenguard Cadjanine Z Van Paesschen, Constant BEL 1830.00 EUR 4 penalties 56.09 sec
bay 12y.M /Canabis Z/Feinschnitt I Z/ZANG/BEL41972/ Alain Van Campenhoudt round 2
8. 67 Egano van het Slogenhof Sato, Eiken JPN 1525.00 EUR 4 penalties 56.52 sec
bay 10y.G /Electro/Nagano/103QA51/ Stephex Stables round 2
9. 23 Qlamp d’Ivraie Añon Suarez, Gonzalo ESP 1220.00 EUR 8 penalties 59.04 sec
bay 10y.G /Dandy du Plape Sf/AA/103AH80/ Añon Team Horses S.L round 2
10. 58 Golden Hawk Breen, Shane IRL 1220.00 EUR 8 penalties 60.40 sec
chest 9y.S /V. Vigo D’Arsouilles/Chin Chin/BWP/103LZ06/ P. Sultan & Breen Equestr round 2
11. 47 Cornado II Ahlmann, Christian GER 610.00 EUR withdrawn
grey 9y.S /Cornet Obolensky/Acobat/WESTF/103LO68/ Schulze-Averdiek,Antonius u. He round 2
12. 60 Living The Dream Hanley, Cameron IRL 610.00 EUR 4 penalties 79.53 sec
dbay 9y.G /Toulon/Flamenco Desemilly/BWP/103DA92/ Cameron Hanley Showjumpers round 1