22-25 July 2010
- 22-25 July 2010
Laura Heads All Girl 1,2,3
Release date: 01/01/1970
Presented by EADS, the GCT Grand Prix began with course designer Uliano Vezzani on the top of his game. A double at four and a combination at nine proved the bogey fences and ensured the second round would have just eleven clears from 49 starters. They would not include the likes of Jos Lansink, Kevin Staut and Marco Kutsher and of the nineteen nations who started only 12 would still have representatives. As 18 went through to round two as is usual at the GCT, seven fast four faulters made the cut, two of who were Marcus Ehning (Plot Blue) and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum (Checkmate).
In the second round Marcus Ehning and Harrie Smolders (Regina Z) put immediate pressure on the leader by going clear but then the 7000 strong crowd were kept waiting for another until Penelope Leprevost (Mylord Cathargo) repeated her Aachen feat of last week by going double clear. A jump off was forced by Edwina Alexander (Cevo Itot du Chateau) and this pair were joined by Ludger Beerbaum (Chaman), Nick Skelton (Carlo) and of course, Laura.
Over a third new course Penelope set the standard with a clear in 40.39 which included a brave turn into the second last. Edwina could not quite catch her with 40.91. Ludger was faster in 39.27 despite a bad slip when emulating Penelope's turning manouvre but although he cleared the next fence Chaman had the last oxer down. Laura was next and she flew. A smoother turn to the second last left her a little way off the upright but Cedric could not have tried harder to clear it. The pair were rewarded for their effort with a clear in 38.22. That only left Nick, fastest in in the first round, with a chance to beat her. But although Nick was up on the clock at the time, Carlo lowered the first part of the double and Laura had won her first GCT Grand Prix.
The race for the 1'000'000 Euro bonus has tightened up a little, as leader Marco Kutscher did not score points today so Marcus Ehning is now joint leader with two more rounds to go.
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