Edwina Tops AlexanderCredit : Stefano Grasso
Sunday 08 April - 06h51 | Edited Press Release
Edwina Tops Alexander brought a bit of Australian magic to Miami last night to win the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix after a five horse jump off but despite a first round rail, Scott brash still holds the series lead.
With a hefty contest shaping up between Tops-Alexander and Brash, at this early stage of the LGCT season, she admitted: “I know the two of us are going to be at it again to win (the overall title)"Competing on her gutsy 11-year-old Dutch mare, California, she snatched glory as the final combination to jump in today’s LGCT Grand Prix of Miami Beach, edging out Qatar’s Bassem Mohammed, the only other rider who pulled off a double clear. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny rounded out the podium after an unlucky fence down with Cassini Z. Victory was by no means assured for the top Australian athlete: “I didn’t even know until 11am that I was going to ride her today,” said Tops-Alexander, who missed the majority of last year’s Tour as she was pregnant and took a break from riding until September 2017. "We all work hard and sometimes is pays off. You have to believe in yourself.”
Credit : Stefano Grasso
Prague Lions’ Anna Kellnerova and Gerco Schröder took a spectacular GCL Miami Beach win, as 2016 Champions Valkenswaard United shot to the top of the overall rankings as the early stage of this 16-event season unfolds.Both Kellnerova and Schröder sailed clear over all 15 jumping efforts, both picking up a single time fault to take their combined team score from both rounds to eight. The Valkenswaard United team raced up the leaderboard from ninth to finish in second, and took home the silver medal after strong performances from Alberto Zorzi and Bertram Allen. Monaco Aces, the overnight leaders coming into the second round of this leg, picked up 14 faults in this edition, but just managed to hang on to the bottom step of the podium.The first rider to jump for the Prague Lions team, their under-25 representative Anna Kellnerova, coaxed a textbook round out of the 11-year-old Dutch stallion Classic. Her round was wonderfully judged, prioritising leaving all the fences intact over going for the time, and accepting the one-fault for doing so: team tactics that worked beautifully for both her and Schröder. “This is a dream,” said the 21-year-old. “I thought we were second but my mum came running up to us and told us we’d won; I was completely shocked.” Referring to winning such a prestigious jumping prize in only her second year of GCL, she added: “I thought this wasn’t going to happen. Classic jumped his heart out for me out there.”After two rounds, Valkenswaard United’s meteoric rise up the leaderboard between the two Miami Beach rounds, coupled with their podium place at leg one in Mexico City, means they currently sit atop the rankings at this early stage of the 2018 season. Today’s winners, the Prague Lions, sit second while the Mexico City winners, Miami Celtics, are in third. The GCL now moves east to Shanghai (28-30 April), which will also be live-streamed as the third leg of the Championship race kicks off.
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