Daniel Deusser dazzles in rollercoaster Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes

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Daniel Deusser dazzles in rollercoaster Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes

It was an evening of explosive top sport as Daniel Deusser and Bingo Ste Hermelle risked it all as first to go in the jump-off and triumphed in the dazzling Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes presented by Volvo Groupe Cavallari.

Deusser reigned supreme in Cannes winning a supercharged jump-off against the heavyweight stars of show jumping just 0.23s ahead of Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais in second. Ben Maher and Faltic HB claimed the final spot on the podium next to the shores of the Mediterranean for the 7th leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit.

Smiling and waving to the crowd Deusser told GCTV:

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I am very very very happy with my little horse tonight. First to go in the jump-off is never easy. I took all the risks to the last fence, it is a great atmosphere here tonight and a great jump-off but of course, I wanted to be number 1. Bingo really fights for me and wants to win in the ring.”

Deusser’s victory means he is the latest to earn a coveted place at the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix later this year he said:

Prague is one goal for every rider here. The sooner you qualify the better it is and I am happy and lucky I did it today.”

François Bourey – President of the Jumping International de Cannes said:

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A successful return! We were sold out this evening, which proves that the jumping was really expected. Next year will be the 40th edition of the competition and we are determined to make it a great celebration. It will be a special moment. We have started to talk about it with Jan Tops this evening and we have some great projects to work on in the coming months. First of all, I would like to thank the city and Mr David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, who has always supported the competition and made sure that the Jumping is held in optimal conditions. I approached this 39th edition as if I were organising my first international and felt the same emotions as when I started, which is absolutely wonderful. The organising team, the public, the volunteers, the atmosphere, the sponsors present, everything was great. See you in 2023!”

The night’s showdown also had a big impact on the overall season rankings. Christian Ahlmann extends his lead to 148 points while Pieter Devos stays in second on 139 points. Niels Bruynseels is now just 3 points ahead of Ben Maher on 124 and 121 points respectively.

It was a rollercoaster start to the LGCT Grand Prix of Cannes as course designer Uliano Vezzani’s tough first round track triggered multiple faults and retirements from a string of top riders. Under floodlights and in hot temperatures on the French Riviera, more major players tumbled out of the 1.60m class leaving just 6 to go through to the jump-off.

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Author: Suzanne Ashton Founder, Everything Horse email: sashton@everythinghorseuk.co.uk

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