24-26 June 2016
- 24-26 June 2016
Scene is set for incredible LGCT Monaco
Release date: 25/06/2016
Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Top riders will turn up the heat on Christian Ahlmann (GER) in Monaco this weekend in a bid to close the gap on his formidable lead in the 2016 championship race.
With a comfortable tally of 209 points, the top German rider will be looking for a strong result in the iconic Monte-Carlo destination, as drop scores start to come into play during the latter half of the season.
The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco Presented by Sapinda will unfold tonight as the world’s leading rider and horse combinations jump in front of some of the world’s biggest yachts at stunning Port Hercule harbour.
Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) has already leapt up the ranking on 143 points after her second place finish at the previous leg in Cannes and will be champing at the bit to catch Ahlmann. On 132 points overall in third position on the ranking on 132 points is young gun and Irish star Bertram Allen (IRL), who has always performed well in fast paced arenas and will be a big threat tonight in the Grand Prix.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Daniel Bluman (COL), who has been on the podium twice this year (Hamburg and Chantilly), are within five points of each other in 5th and 6th place respectively with the legendary John Whitaker (GBR) in 8th position on the overall LGCT Ranking on 113 points.
Great Britain’s champion Scott Brash (GBR) will be riding Hello Guv’nor in the €320,000 Grand Prix and having been victorious in Monaco before he will be another strong contender in tonight’s 1.60m showdown.
In last night’s 5* 1.50m / 1.55m Massimo Dutti class the crowd were treated to an electrifying jump off won by Bertram Allen and Molly Malone V. Bertram finished on 34.56 after some hair-raising turns keeping him ahead of Jerome Guery who came home in 34.64 only a fraction of a second behind.
Under the Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco the starry event has already attracted hundreds of VIP guests including Princess Caroline of Hannover, Princess Beatrice of York, Charlotte Casiraghi, Formula One star Mika Hakkinen and model and actress Victoria Silverstedt.
Tune in to GCT TV to watch the action live, and the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monaco presented by Sapinda will be shown live from the second round on Eurosport.