Scott Brash is close to grand prix glory as the GCT makes a brief return, and Aintree beckons for some exciting talent, writes Jennifer Donald and Penny Richardson
CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour, Tops International Arena, Valkenswaard, Netherlands
THhe world was a very different place when the Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) kicked off in Doha, Qatar, in March. But after a six-month hiatus, the series returned for one final week of five-star action in Valkenswaard, where Scott Brash produced a typically high-octane challenge for victory in the grand prix only to be pipped at the post by Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet.
Drawn late in the 12-strong jump-off, Scott and the 11-year-old Hello Jefferson, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, had soared into the lead with a clear in 45.72sec. However, Gregory and the athletic 12-year-old
Calvados Z stallion Nevados S took out a stride to the third fence and, with a strong gallop to the final vertical, the pair crossed the line in 44.62sec to pocket the €99,000 (£91,000) top prize.