Daniel Deusser faced down Pieter Devos in a tense and tricky jump off, setting the stage for a thrilling Super Saturday of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix and GCL Team showdown.d
Deusser pulled off the only double clear of the night under floodlights in the dramatic Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, as spectators witnessed the world’s leading riders in action.
Saturday’s final day of the competition sees the first LGCT Grand Prix of the season, and the first qualifier for a place in the LGCT Super Grand Prix at the GC Prague Playoffs in November. It will be all to play for at this early stage of the season, as the best of the best battle it out.
Super Saturday in Doha will also play host to the finale of the GCL team competition, in the first event for the teams to secure the all-important ranking places. St Tropez Pirates head to the second round in pole position, but with 8 teams on a clean sheet, the battle will be intense.
Speaking after his win, Deusser said “In the first round the triple made it very difficult and in the jump off there were not many clears. My horse is a very careful horse and she respects the poles so much. We started well yesterday and I am in good form today, and I hope to do the same tomorrow.”
As the battle unfolded between Deusser and Devos, a fierce rivalry emerged here in Doha. Devos was significantly faster in the head to head but had 4 faults at the last, while Deusser achieved the only double clear to clinch the win in today’s competition, looking like a strong contender for Super Saturday.
For the convenience of spectators attending the event, Al Shaqab is providing a free shuttle bus service from the Al Shaqab metro station on the Green Line to the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. The service will run at 10-minute intervals during the competition.