Swedish Rolf-Goran Bengtsson with his stallion Casall Ask wins GCT Grand Prix in London
The formidable pair won their first Grand Prix of the season with a perfect performance
A 12-rider jump off topped off a dramatic final as Rolf-Göran Bengtsson clinched victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix presented with his top performer stallion Casall Ask.
The third edition of the Tour in London was a feast of intensity and exceptional sporting action delivering split second drama for the 11th leg of the championship race with World No1 Scott Brash now at the top of the overall series ranking.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) took his first win of the season with the ever-consistent Casall Ask, racing against the clock to come home in 34.91seconds. The calibre of riders was so high and the final round so intense, that British John Whitaker came just 8 hundredths of a second off the winning time, with his stallion Argento spurred home by the cheers of the local crowd. France's Simon Delestre rode his beautiful black stallion Qlassic Bois Margot to third around the big, technical course which featured some of the 2012 London Olympic fences including No10 Downing Street and the Post Office.
Scott Brash - Longines Global Champions Tour ranking leader: "It’s good, I’m pleased to be top at this stage. I’ll do all the other venues apart from Rome so I’ve got a couple of extra chances. We’ve got to keep going, Rolf is going really well so we’ll keep trying."