17-19 July 2015
- 17-19 July 2015
Temperatures soar as riders prepare for the Chantilly Grand Prix
Release date: 18/07/2015
Photo: Stefano Grasso / LGCT
Today’s Grand Prix - the tenth of the 2015 championship race - will see a fascinating battle unfold to shake up the overall season ranking.
Scott Brash (GBR) will have his ice cool sights set on taking over the lead from Luciana Diniz (POR) who will not be competing in Chantilly. Luciana is on 246 points but the young British champion is close on 2014 points and if he wins he can move up to the top spot.
Scott will ride Hello M’Lady and he will also face stiff competition in the Grand Prix from other riders high up in the ranking including last year’s winner Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), riding Clarimo ASK, and Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) on First Devision. Three formidable competitors are also here in Chantilly who will be a big threat for the podium: John Whitaker on the incredible Argento, Pius Schwizer on PSG Junior, Patrice Delaveau on Lacrimoso.
French riders Penelope Leprevost, Simon Delestre and Roger-Yves Bost will all be cheered on by the thousands of spectators packed into the big grandstand overlooking the stunning Royal Stables of Chantilly and with breathtaking views to the historic Chateau. John Whitaker (GBR), Puis Schwizer (SUI) and Lauren Hough (USA) are all in the ranking Top 10 and in with a strong chance of climbing higher.
There will be 50 riders to go into the first round with a world class and truly international field representing 19 countries. The heat will be on for the 18 competitors who win through to the second round of the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly. The 1.60m course designed by Italian maestro Uliano Vezzani will span the vast grass arena surrounded by the famous racetrack of Chantilly.
Earlier today some of the top riders, including Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), Constant Van Paesschen (BEL) and Pius Schwizer (SUI) had a taste of some thrilling polo close to the show ground in Chantilly. Known as the 'Capital of the Horse', riders were able to experience a different form of equestrianism ahead of this afternoon's main Grand Prix. With 550 horses here this weekend in total, it's set to be an incredible leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Meanwhile, if you missed any of the fantastic action from the Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping you can catch some of the highlights on Bloomberg TV, the satellite channel which reaches over 310 million households worldwide, from 16:00 CET this afternoon.
Watch the Grand Prix live from 15:30 on GCT TV, Eurosport, beIN sports, ClassHorseTV and Equidia.