Global Champions Tour: Chantilly offers magical backdrop to spectacle

Posted at 6:30 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 08:30:44-04

Attention turns to Chantilly this weekend for what promises to be a magical 12th leg of the 2019 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT).

A host of show jumping’s top stars will descend on the iconic venue north of Paris, France with plenty to play for at the top of the overall rankings.

Tour leader Pieter Devos of Belgium will be aiming to extend his advantage over second-placed Daniel Deusser and defending champion Ben Maher, who both sit nine points adrift.

German rider Deusser will not be present in Chantilly this year meaning the vast grass arena — situated in the middle of the world famous racetrack — could play host to a potential shakeup at the summit of equestrianism’s elite competition.

Also bidding for victory are Olympic gold medalists Scott Brash and Marcus Ehning and Paris Grand Prix champion Christian Ahlmann.

There will also be three returning Chantilly champions with Ludger Beerbaum, Nicola Philippaerts and Gregory Wathelet all hoping that history can repeat itself.

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The timeless Chantilly Racecourse offers a fairytale setting for this event with the overlooking Grand Chateau one of the most spectacular historical monuments in the world.

The track usually plays host to some of horse racing’s finest fixtures — with the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane Longines being the highlights.

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In the tight Global Champions League team event, Shanghai Swans head the standings by just three points from Miami Celtics with the St. Tropez Pirates in third, five points further adrift.

The Global Champions Tour features 20 worldwide stops and culminates in the Prague Playoffs from November 21-24.