Sweden’s 46-year-old Peder Fredricson, riding Hansson WL, earned himself €99,000 (£87,000/$117,000) tonight as he won the Grand Prix in Cannes at the latest leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT).
Fredricson, winner of an Olympic team silver medal Athens 2004 and individual silver at Rio 2016, as well as taking individual gold and team silver at last year’s European Championships, finished with a clear round in 38.05sec.
Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands, aboard Emerald, claimed the €60,000 (£52,700/$70,7000) second prize after finishing his clear round in 38.46, with a clear in 38.53 earning third place – and €45,000 (£39,500/$53,000) – for Simon Delestre of France on Hermes Ryan.
The Grand Prix carries a €300,000 (£263,000/$352,000) prize pot.
Five other riders finished with a clear round in the Stade des Hesperides in the south of France resort – Jur Vrieling of The Netherlands, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden, Ireland’s Cameron Hanley, Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium and Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum.
Two-time LGCT champion Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia, who had arrived in Cannes with an 11 points lead in the overall standings of 154, could only manage 19th place as she and her mount California registered eight faults.
But Britain’s Ben Maher, who arrived in second place behind the Australian following his win in the previous leg at Saint-Tropez, could not make any headway.