THE LGCT-LPEJ GOT OFF TO A PERFECT START ON FRIDAY WITH THE VICTORY OF FRENCH RIDER JULIEN ANQUETIN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE GCL PRESENTED BY MARIE DU VIIE, THE BIGGEST COMPETITION OF THE DAY. A FIRST MARSEILLAISE TO IDEALLY LAUNCH THE COMPETITION BEFORE, THIS SATURDAY, THE LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR IN PARIS, THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE WEEKEND.
- Julien Anquetin, on Blood Diamond du Pont, wins in front of the Olympic champion Ben Maher.
- The Istanbul Sultans are in pole position of the GCL presented by the Marie du VIIe. Second round this Saturday.
- The girls take the power in the CSI1*
- Great sport but also many animations on the track and in the village The Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris, highlight of the weekend, this Saturday at 7:15 pm
The "Marseillaise" sounded at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. A magnificent conclusion of the 1st day of the events offered by the French Julien Anquetin, winner of the main event of the day with his Selle Français Blood Diamond du Pont. Tight trajectories, obstacles crossed at a crazy pace and at the end of the course designed by the track manager Gregory Bodo a superb victory, more than one second ahead of the British Olympic champion Ben Maher (Faltic HB), n°4 in the world, winner last year of the Parisian Grand Prix, and more than two seconds ahead of the Israeli Daniel Bluman (n°12 in the world), third with Ubiluc.
Julien Anquetin: "It's fantastic to win here at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. I didn't ask myself too many questions when I entered the track, even if it was the Olympic champion who was in first place. I just tried to run my course as well as possible and it worked. I had rested my horse after Saint-Tropez at the end of May because he had suffered a slight drop in form after a very good start to the season. This victory shows that it was the right choice. I will jump with him again this Saturday in the qualifier and I hope it will lead us to the Grand Prix and that it will go as well as today.
Supporting the 1st round of the GCL presented by the Town Hall of the VIIth, the event allowed the Istanbul Sultans led by the Brazilian Andre Americo de Miranda (Hilfinger van de Zuuthoeve) and the Turkish Ömer Karaevli (Cheston de la Pomme d'Or Z) to take the lead with 4 penalty points but fast courses. Everything will be decided this Saturday in the second round with three teams at 4 points and seven others in ambush with only one bar behind.
The CSI 1* in a "girls power" version Three events on the program and three riders on the top step of the podium: the French Aurore Dubus, 25 years old, in the Prix Loewe (1.25m), the British Isabella Beecroft-Luckett in the Prix Team Creatif (1.10m) and the American Hayley Barnhill, in the Prix Turkish Airlines (1.35/1.40m) It's incredible," she said. It's my first participation in Paris and I win at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! My horse is super fast and I hope the weekend continues as well."