The crucial 11th leg of the Global Champions League will see Monaco Aces in the advantageous pole position but facing a strong challenge from home team Cascais Charms.
The hugely consistent Monaco Aces team will go last of the 12 teams in the draw and will have the bonus being able to see how their rivals tackle the course. It is the debut of GCL in Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera tomorrow night and the successful duo of David Will and Andreas Kreuzer of Cascais Charms have thrown down the gauntlet and pledged to win in front of the local fans.
Their team will start 7th and already have a win in Shanghai under their belts. David said today: “We are ready to do it. We have brought our best horses and we are very motivated to win in front of our home crowd here in this beautiful city of Cascais."
Team riders gathered at the beautiful show ground for the exciting draw for the starting order. The competition will see GCL ranking leaders Valkenswaard United start in 4th position with John Whitaker, the legendary veteran of show jumping, teaming up with 18-year-old Emily Moffitt.
Cascais Event President Duarte Guedes said: “We have been very happy to be part of the Global Champions Tour over the years and now to host Global Champions League here in Cascais and this is going to be a great success in the years to come."
With an overall GCL prize purse of 7.5 million euros - including an overall 4.5 million euros to be shared at the end of the season at the final in Doha, Qatar - the team competition are becoming ever more intense with strong alliances and fierce rivalries developing among the contenders for the championship. The tactical decisions of teams determining which riders and horses they field at the different events are critical. Last weekend in Paris the decision by Antwerp Diamonds for Audrey Coulter to go second on her fast horse Alex following Harrie Smolders paid off as the formidable duo took another podium place and GCL victory.
The starting order is as follows:
1. Antwerp Diamonds
2. Doha Fursan Qatar
3. Shanghai Swans
4. Valkenswaard United
5. Vienna Eagles
6. Madrid in Motion
7. Cascais Charms
8. Paris Jets
9. Rome Gladiators
10. Cannes Stars
11. Miami Glory
12. Monaco Aces