Saint Tropez, France – May 19, 2022 – Brazil’s Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) got off to a great start at the Longines Global Champions Tour at the 2022 Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show CSI 5* & CSI 2*. The Brazilian blazed in the 1.55m challenge, guiding Like a Diamond van het Schaeck to victory in the €55,000 L’Opera Saint Tropez Prize CSI 5* on Thursday there.
Zanotelli‘s (BRA) speed aboard the 11-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Diamant de Semilly x Bamako du Muze) could not be matched despite valiant attempt by two riders from the host nation. In the end, the dynamic duo had left the rest of the field of competitors in the dust, charging across the finish line in 61.02 seconds.
The feat by Zanotelli was enhanced by the difference between him and the next rider. Known for being fast too, Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Bluemuch des Baleines (Chacco-Blue x Clinton) were a second and a half (62.52) off the winning mark, still earning reserve honors.
Edward Levy (FRA) was just a half-second slower than the latter two aboard Rebeca LS (HH Rebozo x Cassini I), rounding out the top three in 62.57 seconds.
Final Results – €55,000 L’Opera Saint Tropez Prize CSI 5*
1) Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) & Like a Diamond van het Schaeck – 0 – 61.02
2) Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) & Bluemuch des Baleines – 0 – 62.52
3) Edward Levy (FRA) & Rebeca LS – 0 – 62.57
Source: Press Release from Longines Global Champions Tour
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