Michael Whitaker's impressive victory on day 2 at Longines Masters in Hong Kong

Michael Whitaker of Great Britain scored an impressive victory in the six bar class from among a field of nine riders on veteran stallion Valentin R. Marc Houtzager of the Netherlands on Sterrehof's Edinus took second, while there was a tremendous result for China, with Meng Quanwei finishing third on Clintorado.

The Masters One class, with total prize money of US$20,000, was presented by Official Partner Maserati – the perfect partner for the class, as an organisation that knows more than most about horsepower. The knock-out contest, which isn’t timed, requires riders to make their way through a course of six obstacles (2 + 4) rising from 1.20m to 1.55m, the last of which, as long as no rider knocks the bar off, is continually raised. 

Featuring several horses who were new to such events – including, to some extent, the winner – it took four rounds to decide the Maserati Masters Power, with the bar eventually raised to 1.90m for the fourth. Whitaker’s was the only faultless performance; 16-year-old greyValentin R didn’t even brush a single fence in four rounds.

“He really jumped it well today; he was really up for it,” says Whitaker. “He’s only done one competition like this before, but it felt like he left some height out there – he could have gone again.”

The veteran British rider adds that he loves coming to the Longines Masters of Hong Kong. “It’s very, very nice here – we’re always made to feel really welcome.”

Meng is part of a mainland Chinese team who are visiting the event for the first time, as showjumping’s global reach continues to grow; his fellow Chinese rider Zhang Xingjia also featured in the Maserati Masters Power, on For Passion D Ive Z.

“Equestrian sport is growing really fast in China,” says Meng. “I usually do big shows in China, but this is the first time I’ve come to Hong Kong. It’s great – it’s really different here at the Longines Masters.”

Article Source: Longines Masters Press Release


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