24-27 April 2014
- 24-27 April 2014
Grand Prix favourite Pénélope Leprevost through to the 2nd round
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(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)
The Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp Grand Prix got off to a gripping start this evening as the world’s best riders went up against a demanding course set by Belgian designer Luc Musette. The flying French lady Pénélope Leprevost, who has already won two classes here in Antwerp, is through to the second round with the beautiful 13-year-old bay mare Nayana and she is looking like the one to beat.
Of the 18 that progressed through to the second round, 15 jumped clean, with young home stars Constant van Paesschen, Gudrun Patteet and Jos Verlooy putting in fantastic performances to jump clear, as did Bassem Hassan Mohammed, Faleh Suwead Al Ajami and Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi of Qatar. USA's Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, and previous LGCT Grand Prix winners Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Kevin Staut (FRA) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) also progress with a zero score.
The tough and technical first round proved to be a real challenge for the world-class riders who took part, with many collecting a frustrating four faults. The final line caught out most - a tricky treble combination followed by a related distance - the middle part of the combination was most often where riders collected their penalties. The time was also tight, with the fences coming thick and fast in the snug arena. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Athina Onassis Miranda (GRE) both collected an unlucky time fault but still made the final cut.
With an exciting selection of established champions and young stars lined-up for the second round, the competition is hotting up and everyone is gunning for their first LGCT 2014 win. Watch this world-class competition unfold on GCT TV now.