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Monaco’s Port d’Hercule provides the backdrop for the seventh leg of the tour.

Author: N A Other

Publication date: 06th July

The Global Champions Tour moved to Monaco to mark the seventh round on the Global tour last weekend. Moving on from Paris to the smallest arena on the circuit set within the iconic setting of the Monaco Grand Prix. A small and technical course with a tricky Longines treble, which went on to be the nemesis of many riders was designed by Uliano Vezzani. By design the course was challenging and in such a compact arena the course required commitment from both horse and rider.

The Vikings has great success at the Monaco stage back in 2019, leaving with a win, and looked to get back to winning ways. The Vikings first brought out Teddy Vlock for round one. Teddy unfortunately got caught out by the triple combination on the corner, and suffering two time faults the team had everything to make up. James Wilson was second into the ring with L’Amour. The pair were considered in their approach but with one pole falling the team finished day one on 10 faults.

In the same fashion as day one first out for the Vikings was Teddy Vlock onboard stunning grey Conner. The duo took the testing course well, picking up an understandable 4 faults in 1.60 seconds. James Wilson was up next on L’ Amour. The pair were sadly caught out on the second fence within the triple combination, before another two fences fell leaving the Vikings on 26 faults in total.

However, Ashby Underwriting were extremely pleased to see both members of the Scandinavian Vikings team celebrating outside of the Global Champions League. Teddy Vlock qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with Amsterdam, while James Wilson  was also celebrating in Monaco after his first CSI5* win. James won the Trophy Casino de Monte-Carlo CSI5* onboard Imagine de Muze.

In 16 days the tour now moves to Berlin, Germany. The largest city in Germany will host what will mark the eighth stop on the tour.