Already winners in Doha and Stockholm, on the podium in Madrid and Saint-Tropez, the Stockholm Hearts, remarkably represented in Monaco by Great Britain’s Lily Attwood and Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts, offered themselves a new victory at the Port Hercules. While three teams entered the second round faultless only the Stockholm Hearts managed to remain this way, leaving their opponents far behind. They are now 30 points ahead in the overall rankings at the end of the 10th of the 15 stages. Also an individual qualification class for the Grand Prix (top 35), the class proved successful for Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen, the fastest of the 47 couples on the start-list, with his Selle Français mare Diaz du Thot. The top trio was completed by Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (Hollywood V) and the Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten (Elwikke), just ahead of Julien Epaillard, the best Frenchman with Gracieux du Pachis.
Used to success in the CSI 1* and CSI 2* classes of the Longines Global Champions Tour, Great Britain’s Claire Beecroft has added another triumph to her list by winning the CSI 2* Grand Prix in Monaco. Jumping the only double clear with her mare Kandora, she was ahead of France’s Romain Potin, the 2017 French Champion, who collected podium places throughout the event with Coconet, a mare who is only 8 years old. Belgium’s Dries van der Linden on Inero Y, who had two time faults in the initial round snatched third place from Monaco’s Ilaria Sutera on Homer de Muze. The other two victories of the day in the CSI 2* went to the Czech Kristina Vitek on Fischerdante in the 1.30m class (3rd place for Monaco’s Anastasia Nielsen) and to Lauren van Berke, representing the Netherland’s in the 1.15m class