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Epaillard edges champion Maher to clinch Global Champions Tour opener in Doha

Mar 04, 2019 - CNN

(CNN) -- Julien Epaillard edged out defending champion Ben Maher by a whisker to win the first leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha.

Epaillard, of France, and his horse Usual Suspect d'Auge raced to victory by producing a clear round in the jump-off in a time of 40.11 seconds, just 0.44 seconds faster than Britain's Maher and Explosion W, the overall circuit winners in 2018.

"It's crazy for me, today," Epaillard said in a televised interview, after riding away with pr...