Ben Maher, Explosion WCredit : LGCT
Sunday 11 November - 11h29 | Edited Press Release
Ben Maher was in the form of his life this weekend in Doha where he crowned already taking the overall Longines Global Champions Tour title by winning the last series Grand Prix and then helped his team to victory in the Global Champions League. Maher has had some criticism for prefering to ride in the Jan Tops founded series in preference to representing his country at the recent World Championships but he justified his decision by absolutely dominating proceedings in Doha yesterday and coming away with a king\'s ransome in prize money.
It was a phenomenal end to 2018 for Ben with no less than five LGCT Grand Prix wins and after today’s triumph the British Olympic gold medallist of 2012 almost lost for words: “I can’t quite take it in to be honest. I have such a good bond with Explosion W.”In the LGCT Championship ranking Ben Maher finished 43 points ahead of last year’s Champion Harrie Smolders and London Knights team mate Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) came in third on the podium after a hugely successful season. Ben’s incredible performance during the season secured the Championship at the last leg in Rome netting almost €1 million in prize money in the individual alone. And this weekend he swept the board with wins in all of the major classes. But there was a fiercely competitive 7-way battle to reach the LGCT Championship podium in Doha today. Alberto Zorzi (ITA), Harrie Smolders (NED), Daniel Deusser (GER), Scott Brash (GBR), Nicola Philippaerts (BEL), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and Christian Ahlmann (GER) were all in contention.Afterwards Maher said, \"“I’ve been lucky to have many great horses in my career so far, and I’ve been doing the Longines Global Champions Tour for many years now but have never been in a position to contend for the Championship. I don’t know if I’ll have another season like this - I did nothing different this year, but fortunately for me everything went right and I had a great team of horses. But it’s also to my team around me, they get us here every week - there’s a lot of people to thank behind the scenes. Explosion has been in our programme for a while but Shanghai was my first big show on him. We had quite a surprise result there and then built on that. The horses give you such confidence, but I think many riders in today’s course changed their mind - I think I even asked Harrie at one point what his thoughts were! I trust Explosion, and that’s the difference - the quality of horse that he is and the luck I’m having at the moment. “You believe you can do anything riding a horse like Explosion. He’s just such a fun horse to be around, he enjoys his work - he enjoys his job. He could probably come out now and be happy to jump again. Fortunately it’s gone my way this year. Prague will be new territory - I haven’t jumped him indoors yet, we’ll give him a break and then produce him for the Playoffs. But we’ll just enjoy this one right now and let it sink in.”
Credit : LGCT
London Knights have won the GCL Championship of 2018 after a nerve jangling final blockbuster and will fast track to the semi finals of the GCL Super Cup at the €12 million GC Playoffs next month. The stand out combination of the season Ben Maher and Explosion W along with team mate Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Chilli Willi faced down ferocious pressure and rode perfect clear rounds to win both the GLC final leg in Doha and the overall GCL team championship. Speaking about the GCL win for the London Knights, Ben Maher, who has pulled off an extraordinary double by already winning the LGCT Championship, said: “It has been an incredible season. Explosion W has been a great horse all season, I really trust him.” Paying tribute to team owner Emily Moffitt, who joined the triumphant prize-winning ceremony, and her family of Poden Farms, Ben added: “It is fantastic with the London Knights win. It has been a strong team spirit from the start and we used all our horses and riders.”For the full results, please click here.
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