Legendary British rider, John Whitaker and his
13 year old stallion Argento jumped to victory in the US$ 700,000
Longines Grand Prix in Hong Kong with a time of 42.54.
has the chance to win the Masters Grand Slam Series super prize
money of one million euros if he can claim victory in upcoming
competitions in Los Angeles and Paris.
The Longines Grand Prix was the
highlight of the three-day Longines Hong Kong Masters 2015, with
riders competing over a tough 1,60m course, tacking 14 challenging
fences, created by course designer Luc Musette. Of the 26 riders
in the first round, only 13 made it through to the second round
with a faultless performance.
Last year’s winner, Sweden’s Henrik von
Eckermann, finished in second place riding Gotha FRH, with a time
of 43.28, closely followed by France’s Simon Delestre who, riding
Ryan des Hayettes, finished the course in 43.58 seconds.
The top three riders were congratulated by; Longines
Ambassador of Elegance, Aaron Kwok, Longines President Mr Walter
von Kanel and EEM World CEO, founder and organizer of the Longines
Hong Kong Masters, Christophe Ameeuw, during a prize giving
On his win,
Whitaker, who also won the
Gucci Gold Cup, said, “You always come wishing for the best
but I didn’t expect to win the two major classes. Argento is on
really good form, he’s been jumping exceptionally well throughout
the weekend and hasn’t touched a fence. He obviously likes Hong
Whitaker said winning the Longines Grand
Prix was one of the biggest highlights of his illustrious career.
“This stands up there with everything that I have done,” he said.
The next leg of the Masters Grand Slam will
take place in Los Angeles in October, followed by Paris in December.
Pictures from Longines Hong Kong Masters 2013.
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