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Knights charge ahead in captivating GCL Chantilly

Friday, 13 July 2018
CSI5* LGCT Chantilly 2018

Photo: GCL / Stefano Grasso The London Knights won the GCL in Chantilly. Photo (c) GCL / Stefano Grasso.

London Knights have finished a furlong ahead of closest rivals Valkenswaard United in today’s first round of GCL Chantilly, with Nicola Philippaerts on H&M Chilli Willi (Casall x Lord) and Ben Maher with Winning Good (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Sir Corland) delivering foot perfect performances.

Knights and United - the two leaders - take the top two positions today, both on a zero score but with the Knights just ahead on time of United’s duo of Alberto Zorzi with Contanga (Catoki x Contango) and Marcus Ehning with Comme Il Faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) – the latter the individual winner of the class.

Today’s result could prove influential in the overall ranking battle, with teams going all out to qualify for the 16 positions available in the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs. Saturday's showdown promises to be a tantalising battle as the two lock horns for the 11th leg of the GCL. 

Miami Celtics duo of Jessica Springsteen with RMF Zecilie (Acolord x Canturo) and Denis Lynch with RMF Echo (Virus de Laubry x Feo) took third with the only other double clear of the day, ahead of St Tropez Pirates on one fault and a further eight teams all on a score of four - and 12 teams within a pole of a potential win.

Ben Maher said: “We’re happy - we have two slightly different horses this week. Nicola got us off to a good clear, my horse is naturally a bit faster so we’re in a good position. Tomorrow will be a new day, more technical and a little bigger."

Teammate Nicola Philippaerts agreed: “Both horses and riders are in good shape. For sure need a little bit of luck, and we need to be on our best [form] again, so we’ll try again tomorrow."

 


Source: Press release from the Global Champions League

Picture © GCL/Stefano Grasso

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