David Will on Monodie H warming up in Cascais, Portugal. PC: Stefano Grasso/LGCT
In the quickest, dirtiest, most abbreviated stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour, Cascais Portugal plays host to only four classes on Friday and Saturday: a €25,000 1.45m “warm-up” competition, two rounds of the GCL, and the Grand Prix of Cascais.
The 1.45m class was completed earlier today and was won by Egyptian king of our hearts, Abdel Said and his gray nine-year-old Zangerscheide stallion SIEC Captain Future Z.
Abdel Saïd on S I E C Captain Future Z. PC: Stefano Grasso/LGCT
The first round of the Global Champions League gets underway at 3:00 pm EST, and will feature four American riders:
Georgina Bloomberg, riding for the Shanghai Swans, Jack Towell and Lillie Keenan riding for the Paris Panthers, and Jennifer Gates riding as an individual and back-up rider for the Paris Panthers.
(Americans-turned-Brit Emily Moffatt and Alexandra Thornton will also be competing this weekend.)
The St. Tropez Pirates currently lead the league standings, and will feature top riders Julien Epaillard and Simon Delestre on this stop of the tour.