Marcus Ehning wins Gucci Gold Cup in Paris…


The final class of the first historic Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris Eiffel Jumping, the Gucci Gold Cup, was won by the one and only Marcus Ehning (GER) with Sabrina, a rider who has has a spectacular show, as he also finished 3rd in last night’s LGCT Grand Prix with Cornado NRW and 2nd in yesterday morning’s class with Sabrina. Second place went to Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) with VDL Groep Sapphire B and 3rd went to Reed Kessler (USA) with Cylana.

The first round of the 41-strong class saw another technical track from Uliano Vezzani. The startlist was packed with top names, but clear rounds were few and far between, with the Gucci branded fences once again falling frequently. Seven riders went through to the jump-off on a zero score, including Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Vindicat W, Simon Delestre (FRA) and Stardust Quinhon, and Patrice Delaveau (FRA) and Ornella Mail HDC.

First to go, Jessica Springsteen lowered the first fence, as did Delaveau and Harrie Smolders (NED). Delestre came close to catching the winning time, but had the last fence down, the Gucci upright. Kessler was the first clear round, taking smooth swift turns to stop the clock at 38.28s with her 2012 Olympic ride. Maikel van der Vleuten followed with his quick grey mare and shaved 1.5s from the American’s time. Late in the draw, Marcus Ehning rode a masterful and deceptively quick route to take the win with a time of 35.16s.

Ahead of next weekend’s Cascais, Estoril Grand Prix, all eyes are on the look out for who might challenge LGCT Ranking Leader Kevin Staut for the crown. With Ehning on such great form and lying in 8th place on the leaderboard, he has once again become the hotly-tipped favourite to win the 2014 Championship title. But with a flying Kevin Staut and a consistent Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) to contend with, we can no doubt look forward to another ranking lead change in Portugal.

Source: GCT

CSI5* – Gucci Gold Cup Paris Eiffel Jumping
Table A against the clock with jump-off (1.60 m)

1. 11 Sabrina Ehning, Marcus GER 66000.00 EU 0 penalties 35.16 sec
bay 15y.M /Sandro Boy/Landadel/BAY/GER40673/ Winley Farm LLC & Gölkel,Judith jump-off
2. 48 VDL Groep Sapphire B Vleuten, Maikel van der NED 40000.00 EU 0 penalties 36.87 sec
grey 15y.M /Mr. Blue/Grand Veneur SF/KWPN/NED40448/ Stoeterij Duyselshof jump-off
3. 88 Cylana Kessler, Reed USA 30000.00 EU 0 penalties 38.28 sec
chest 12y.M /Skippy II/Darco/BWP/103EC16/ Kessler Show Stables jump-off
4. 17 Ornella Mail HDC Delaveau, Patrice FRA 20000.00 EU 4 penalties 36.12 sec
bay 12y.M /Lando (dk) Dwb/Alligator Fontaine/SF/102QE65/ Haras des Coudrettes et jump-off
5. 115 Stardust Quinhon Delestre, Simon FRA 12000.00 EU 4 penalties 39.38 sec
bay 8y.M /Calvaro (de) Holst/Cabdula du Tillard/SF/103SK71/ Mdame Pascale BLISCAU jump-off
6. 95 Emerald Smolders, Harrie NED 9000.00 EUR 4 penalties 39.51 sec
chest 10y.S /Diamant De Semilly/Carthago/BWP/102WX93/ Euro Horse Bvba Axel Verloo jump-off
7. 117 Vindicat W Springsteen, Jessica USA 6000.00 EUR 8 penalties 36.51 sec
bay 12y.G /Guidam/Libero H/KWPN/GBR42462/ Stone Hill Farm jump-off
8. 35 Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois Bost, Roger Yves FRA 5000.00 EUR 4 penalties 77.58 sec
bay 14y.M /Dollar du Murier/Grand Veneur/SF/FRA41326/ Mme Georgina Forbes Et Bost round 1
9. 127 Lady Lindenhof Diniz, Luciana POR 4000.00 EUR 4 penalties 78.33 sec
chest 13y.M /Grand Chef Bleus SF/Type d’Elle/SF/FRA44588/ Soc Civ ecurie de Meaut round 1
10. 129 Chataga Rivetti, Cassio UKR 4000.00 EUR 4 penalties 80.02 sec
grey 9y.M /Chacco-Blue/Carthago/OLDBG/103RB62/ Gestüt Lewitz round 1
11. 57 Old Chap Tame Tops-Alexander, Edwina AUS 2000.00 EUR 4 penalties 80.13 sec
chest 12y.S /Carthago (holst)/SF/FRA45652/ S.N.C. Brohier Et M.Patrick Bizot round 1
12. 60 Amaretto d’Arco Dinan, Katherine A. USA 2000.00 EUR 4 penalties 81.33 sec
bay 14y.S /Darco/Tenor Manciais/BWP/BEL40587/ Grant Road Partners LLC round 1