Equestrian - Hong-Kong set for launch of Grand Slam

The indoor Longines Masters Grand Slam kicks off this weekend with a stellar showjumping line-up set to entertain Hong Kong.

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Fifteen of the world's 25 best riders will be on the start list with $1 million on offer in prize money over the six classes - the Grand Prix alone has a pot of nearly $700,000.

It will be the first 5* showjumping event in China since the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

Competition begins on February 28 and ends with two Grand Prix rounds on March 2.

World number one Christian Ahlmann of Germany headlines the bill with British Olympic gold medal pair Scott Brash and Ben Maher and top women's jumper Edwina Tops-Alexander among the 30 riders at the Asian World Expo.

Two riders from Hong Kong and one from Taïwan will also compete at the show, which will combine top level sport with entertainment - including Clémence Faivre’s show, wine tasting, educational programmes about showjumping - in what organisers hope will be a VIP event.

The Grand Slam’s two remaining legs will be held in New York in October and Paris in December.

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