Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan wins at the LGCT in Paris – Allen second and Maher fourth in Grand Prix
Riding Suma's Zorro, African rider Sameh El Dahan triumphed in the Longines Grand Prix of Paris in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Ireland’s Bertram Allen and World No.1 Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands rounded out the podium in second and third respectively.
Talented Irish rider Bertram Allen was hot on El Dahan’s heels in the jump-off on Molly Malone V, with two clear rounds and a time of 36.86 s. And perennial favourite Dutchman Harrie Smolders, looking more and more comfortable with his World No.1 FEI ranking, finished the jump-off in 37.06 s on Don VHP Z NOP, claiming third.
Just missing out on the podium in the French capital was Great Britain’s Ben Maher, who nevertheless strengthened his lead in the overall Tour standings thanks to his performance on Explosion W. Another Dutch rider, Marc Houtzager, came in fifth with Sterrehof’s Calimero, while the Belgian Pieter Devos was the last athlete able to finish the two-part class with no faults, leaving behind compatriots Olivier Philippaerts on H & M Legend of Love and Gregory Wathelet on MJT Nevados S.
The current European champion, Peder Fredricson of Sweden, finished ninth with Hansson WI, while Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander got the tenth place spot on California, ahead of the Frenchman Philippe Rozier – the top finisher for the disappointing home side, in 11th place on Cristallo A LM. After Paris, the overall LGCT standings have Maher in the lead with 205 points, ahead of Tops-Alexander with 199 and Smolders with 176.