Brash and Hello Sanctos Create a Storm in Miami Beach Grand Prix

Brash & Hello Sanctos soaring to victory. Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT.
Brash & Hello Sanctos soaring to victory. Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT.

Miami, FL – April 5, 2015 – World No1 Scott Brash was victorious for the second night in a row on Miami Beach Saturday evening as he galloped away with the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach Grand Prix title aboard Hello Sanctos. This was the two-time Longines GCT Champ’s fifth Grand Prix win in the last three seasons as he continues to dominate the Tour in spectacular fashion.

Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) and his relatively new ride Palloubet D Halong put in the performance of their young partnership to take Silver. While 2014 Longines GCT of Shanghai Grand Prix winner Pieter Devos (BEL) and Candy finished with a worthy Bronze medal. From the VIP Lounge, Michael Bloomberg, Bruce Springsteen, HE Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine watched world-class sport at it’s very best.

Speaking from the VIP Hospitality Lounge Mr Bloomberg said: “I think this is a wonderful thing for Miami and for the economy of Miami. This could become like the Formula 1 is to Monaco and places like that not just the people who come to watch the show, the people who support it, the people who work in the hotels where we all stay, the restaurants. It is amazing the hard work that goes into this.”

Having claimed a strong victory with his new mount Hello Forever in yesterday’s 42nd American Invitational, Scott Brash went into the Grand Prix a firm favourite, but facing hot competition from a stellar line-up of world-class riders from around the globe.

The first round of the Grand Prix was a testing and technical course which caught out many an experienced combination. The tight, awkward distances, tall uprights and sharp corners demanded precision, control and power. There were no clear bogey fences, though an airy vertical on a dog-leg following the Longines combination claimed many.

Of the 50 Grand Prix starters, 12 clears proceeded to the 2nd round, including Katie Dinan (USA) and Stakorado, Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) and Royce, Denis Lynch (IRE) and Ho Go van de Padenborre, Luciana Diniz (POR) and Apollonia, Beezie Madden (USA) and Simon, Kent Farrington (USA) and Voyeur, and Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Rosana du Park.

The top 18 riders came back to try their talents against another Uliano Vezzani course, including four on 4 faults. The U.S. had a strong showing with seven riders going through to the next round. All eyes were on Scott Brash and his 2012 Olympic mount as the combinations came back for their next test against the course.

The second round saw an early clear from Laura Kraut (USA) and Nouvelle carrying four faults from the first round. But subsequent clean rounds were few and far between until Bassem Mohammed and Palloubet D Halong notched up the first double clear. The course was twisty and with many turns, requiring immense control, with big oxers demanding scope and care.

Beezie Madden and Simon agonisingly lowered the final fence, but were swiftly followed by reigning European Champion Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Nippon d’Elle who were the second double clear. It wasn’t until near the end of the first round that Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos joined Bosty and Bassem in the final showdown – the combination looked on cracking form from the very beginning.

Bassem set the standard first to go in the jump-off, clear in a time of 39.74s. Second to go, Bosty risked a tight turn back to a tall upright and picked up a refusal, leaving him in 4th place. Scott Brash knew what he had to do and executed his plan with foot-perfect precision to stop the clock in 38.57s. Last to go, Pieter Devos pushed his mare, recently returned from a long break from competition, but lowered an early fence in the tricky jump-off course leaving Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos once more unbeatable.

Scott will be back in action in Antwerp in a few weeks once again hot on the trail on the Longines GCT Championship, which if he wins once again this season, will be his 3rd in a row – a truly incredible feat.

Class 14: Miami Beach 2015 CSI5* 1.60m
RK     CNR     Rider/Horse      EUR     USD         Round A    Round B  Jump-Off        Time
1     26      Scott Brash Hello Sanctos     181,735     198,000     0.00    0.00    0.00     38.57
2     41   Bassem Mohammed Palloubet D Halong 110,142 120,000  0.00  0.00 0.00 39.74
3     7     Pieter Devos Candy        82,607         90,000         0.00    0.00    4.00        44.19
4     22   Roger-Yves Bost Nippon d’Elle    55,071         60,000   0.00    0.00    5.00   47.33
5     134  Lauren Hough Ohlala            33,043         36,000         4.00    0.00             61.98
6     128     Kent Farrington Voyeur        16,521         18,000         0.00    4.00            62.38
7     133     Margie Goldstein-Engle Royce11,014         12,000         0.00    4.00         63.91
8     39         Luciana Diniz    Apollonia 2311,014         12,000         0.00    4.00          65.00
9     139     Laura Kraut Nouvelle        11,014         12,000         4.00    0.00                65.32
10     140     Eric Lamaze Rosana du Park  9,000         0.00        4.00                        65.79
11     142     Beezie Madden Simon            6,000         0.00        4.00                        67.71
12     34     Denis Lynch    Ho Go van de Padenborre    6,000         0.00    4.00        67.81
13     110     Katherine Dinan Stakorado                6,000         0.00    8.00                65.37
14     104     Doda de Miranda AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno    3,000       0.00    8.00 66.04
15     32         Hans-Dieter Dreher Embassy II            3,000         4.00    8.00            61.84
16     122     Georgina Bloomberg Lilli                3,000         4.00    8.00                   66.47
17     47         Jane Richard Philips Pablo de Virton    3,000         4.00    12.00        63.78
18     30         Daniel Deusser Pironella                3,000         4.00    997.00

Todd Minikus wins the Elm Rock Farm Trophy. Photo: Emily Riden/Phelps Media.
Todd Minikus wins the Elm Rock Farm Trophy. Photo: Emily Riden/Phelps Media.

On flying form, Todd Minikus (USA) raced away with the Elm Rock Farm Trophy Saturday afternoon with Quality Girl, beating the world-class opposition with a supremely quick round to take the class in 54.41s. Marlon Zanotelli (BRA) had another great result with Zerlin M to finish 2nd in 55.85s, with Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Zara Leandra finishing 3rd in 56.76s.

It was another gorgeous day on Miami Beach and the public filled the grandstand and pressed against the arena fencing to watch the speed class unfold. The beautiful arena filled with spectacular flowers and eye-catching jumps proved a mega draw for nearby sun-worshipers who were drawn over to watch these fabulous horses and riders in action.

Class 13: Miami Beach 2015 CSI5* 1.45/1.50m

RK     CNR     Rider/Horse                         EUR     USD     Round A        Time
1     148     Todd Minikus Quality Girl            10,298     11,220     0.00        54.41
2     10         Marlon Módolo Zanotelli Zerlin M    6,241     6,800     0.00        55.85
3     121     Pablo Barrios Zara Leandra            4,681     5,100     0.00        56.76
4     29         Daniel Deusser    Carriere            3,121     3,400     0.00        58.76
5     45         Steve Guerdat Concetto Son            1,872     2,040     0.00        59.00
6     135     Lauren Hough Cornet 39                1,404     1,530     0.00        64.19
7     111     Katherine Dinan Bijou de Balou        936     1,020     0.00        65.33
8     14         Karim El Zoghby    Urona                780     850     4.00        52.99
9     114     Darragh Kenny Belle Rock            624     680     4.00        55.50
10     150     Richie Moloney Alsvid                624     680     4.00        55.64
11     38         Maikel van der Vleuten VDL Groep Eureka 312     340     4.00        55.70
12     19         Kevin Staut Quismy des Vaux HDC        312     340     4.00        56.31

Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane. Photo: Emily Riden/Phelps Media.
Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane. Photo: Emily Riden/Phelps Media.

Class 12: Miami Beach 2015 CSI2* 1.40/1.45m
RK     CNR     Rider/Horse                     EUR     USD     Round A        Time
1     291     Ronan McGuigan Capall Zidane    10,298     11,220     0.00        52.14
2     269     Adrienne Sternlicht Quidam MB    6,241     6,800     0.00        53.26
3     243     Lillie Keenan Londinium            4,681     5,100     0.00        53.51
4     244     Cara Raether Lyonell            3,121     3,400     0.00        54.57
5     289     Gemma Paternoster Zonneglans    1,872     2,040     0.00        56.57
6     211     Jorge Matte Capdevila Whisper HE1,404     1,530     0.00        56.69
7     202     Catherine Pasmore Catara 4        936     1,020     0.00        65.16
8     270     Adrienne Sternlicht Providence    780     850     0.00        65.85
9     288     Gemma Paternoster Osiris        624     680     0.00        68.77
10     250     Kaely Tomeu Fidalgo van het Leliehof 624     680     4.00        53.21
11     281     Emma Heise Little Lady Z         312     340     4.00        54.22
12     290     Lucy Deslauriers Hester            312     340     4.00        54.29

Class 11: Miami Beach 2015 CSI2* 1.25/1.30m
RK     CNR     Rider/Horse                     EUR     Round A        Time
1     264     Hillary McNerney Balans RV        1,155     0.00        46.03
2     263     Alexandra Crown Basic            700     0.00        47.04
3     293     Emily Moffitt Zagahorn            525     0.00        47.40
4     272     Cloe Hymowitz Little Love        350     0.00        47.57
5     294     Emily Moffitt HHS Fafa            210     0.00        48.44
6     226     Taylor Alexander La Tulipe        158     0.00        49.71
7     273     Lili Hymowitz Pauly du Breuil    105     0.00        50.64
8     295     Victoria Vargas d`Agostino Destello LS 88     0.00        52.43
9     232     Tara Corr Boy Blue                70         0.00        52.72
10     301     Couch Tara Callagher Apple        70         0.00        56.30
11     220     Andre Mershad Man In Black        35         0.00        56.50
12     228     Juan Pablo Gnecco Alvarino 2    35         0.00        57.91

Class 10: Miami Beach 2015 CSI2* 1.15m
RK     CNR     Rider/Horse                         EUR     USD     Round A        Time
1     268     Tegan Elizabeth Treacy Catalyst        757     825     0.00        39.31
2     251     Lindsey Tomeu  Bonapart                486     500     0.00        39.64
3     257     Skylar Rogalny    Quiloa                344     375     0.00        41.68
4     300     Lea Allen Ginger 729                229     250     0.00        41.72
5     284     Alexandra Cherubini    Equifit Carlos    138     150     0.00        42.25
6     298     Ahmed Alali Fenway                    103     113     0.00        42.87
7     306     Couch Tara Callagher EV Allora        69         75         0.00        44.77
8     286     Nicolas Paillot Celine                57         63         0.00        46.41
9     206     Francisco Arredondo Gaitan Crawford 46         50         0.00        49.29
10     209     Jennifer Gates Toupie de Cantraie    46         50         0.00        51.82
11     304     Emma Dienst Cote d’Or Vis            23         25         0.00        56.28
12     285     Alexandra Cherubini Equifit Cayenne 178    23     25         4.00        40.12