The man who hails from Padua and who has been riding for Tops for the past year said:
“Jan said you have to try hard because there are so many in it, and my horse jumped amazing!”
He set the jump-off target with a brilliant round in 36.93 seconds, and as it turned out none of the rest could beat him, with 11 collecting fence penalties, two picking up time faults and six jumping clear but unable to match his speed. A series of tight turns proved the undoing of many, with several faulting at the wide oxer three from home. Not even the masterful Ehning could overtake him, having to settle for second when stopping the clock on 37.34 seconds ahead of Devos who broke the beam in 38.10. Defending Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping double-champion, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, was last to go but finished equal-fourth with Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci when the pair posted exactly the same time.
Zorzi who now heads for the Global Champions Tour Final at Doha (QAT) before lining out in his home leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League at Verona (ITA) in November said:
“This was a dream!”
He stands top of the leaderboard going into the second qualifier at Helsinki (FIN) next weekend.
Result: 1, Fair Light van T Heike (Alberto Zorzi) ITA 0/0 36.93; 2, Funky Fred (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/0 37.94; 3, Dream of India Greenfield (Pieter Devos) BEL 0/0 38.10; 4, Casallo Z (Piergiorgio Bucci) ITA 0/38.35; 4, Bianca (Steve Guerdat) SUI 0/0 38.35; 6, Casall ASK (Role Goran Bengtsson) SWE 0/0 38.38; 7, Comanche (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) GER 0/0 41.53; 8, H&M Flips Little Sparrow (Peder Fredricson) SWE 0/2 44.92; 9, Cas de Liberte (Niels Bruynseels) BEL 0/4 37.71; 10, Good Luck (Cian O’Connor) IRL 0/4 38.34.
Full results here