Bertram Allen and Romanv, stars in Paris
19 year old Bertram Allen and his 17 year old chestnut stallion Romanov won the GCT Grand Prix in Paris
Bertram Allen made history Saturday 4 July as the youngest rider to win a Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix since its inception, doing it in spectacular style after an intense five-contender jump-off. With his top horse and great partner Romanov, Bertram stormed to the win with an unbeatable time of 37.32s. Ranking leader Luciana Diniz took second place with the brilliant Fit For Fun 13, and extended her 36 point lead over Scott Brash to finish the Grand Prix with 218 points, now 44 points ahead. It was a double Irish podium as Darragh Kenny with Sans Soucis Z took the third place and was elated for his compatriot's success.
Even if the day began with hot temperatures, with many local and international visitors werw there to witness some of the best riders in the world battle it out under the Eiffel Tower setting. The 8th Grand Prix of the 2015 Longines Global Champions Tour season saw six of the world’s Top 10 riders competing on the breathtaking stage of the Champs de Mars next to the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. The high stakes 1.60m competition was played out in front of enthusiastic crowds in the grandstand and in the park of the Champ de Mars where a giant TV screen broadcast the action to the public who picnicked under the stunning icon. No1 Scott Brash yesterday and described the Longines Global Champions Tour event in Paris as “very special”.
Hollywood star Marion Cotillard and her husband Guillaume Canet watched the thrilling, high calibre Grand Prix with their young son. The glamorous couple chatted with Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, who looked stunning in a chic black dress, as they admired the breathtaking views across the arena to the Eiffel Tower.