No Joy For Home Side as Dutch win in Miami

Winner Maikel Van der Vleuten and Ares C
Credit : Stefano Grasso

Saturday 07 April - 11h11 | Edited Press Release

No Joy For Home Side as Dutch win in Miami

There was no joy for the home side in the CSI5* classes yesterday as the Longines Global Champions Tour classes got underway in Miami with Maikel Van Der Vleuten and Bassem Mohammed taking the wins.

Less than a second separed the top four in the evening's jump off class and none could catch Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and his family’s Dutch mare Arera C, by Indoctro who scorched round in 33.09 seconds.
 
I was flat out to the final fence and had to risk it a bit today,” said the 30-year-old Dutch rider. “My horse has been in good shape the last couple of months. Today she tried very well and I tried the risk to the last, which is what made the difference. I’ve already been riding her quite a long time, so I know how she is and what she can do — I think maybe that was my advantage today.”

Italy’s Alberto Zorzi came within a whisker of the win on the careful, reactive chestnut mare Fair Light van T Heike but could only finish in 33.25 seconds. Great Britain’s Ben Maher rounded out the podium with the 10-year-old Don Vito, while first-to-jump Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) put in a quick pathfinding round in 33.77 seconds on the much-admired 11-year-old H&M Harley vd Bishop.

In the day’s other CSI5* competition, a speed class, Qatari rider Bassem Mohammed rode a textbook round on the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Argelith Squid to take top honours over his 27 challengers. American rider Kirsten Vanderveen finished second on Bull Run’s Divine Fortune, with Ireland’s Bertram Allen (Izzy by Picobello) scooping third.
 
Squid was amazing today — this was the right class for him,” said Mohammed. “I had a plan before I went in and I’m so happy that it worked.”

​Full results are here

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