The cancellation of this afternoon’s Global Champions League contest in Rome means Bertram Allen’s team Valkenswaard United have moved a step closer to winning the inaugural title, writes Mike Dunne.

Today’s event was the third-last in the fifteen-round series, and Valkenswaard were coming into the contest as league leaders. With thunderstorms causing the event to be cancelled, there are now only two rounds left in the league for other teams to try to overhaul the current table-toppers.

The prize fund of €200,000 for today’s event was divided equally between the twelve teams.

The Irish rider was due to partner Romanov in today’s event, with team-mate Emily Moffitt set to ride Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve.

The cancellation will be particularly disappointing for today’s hosts Rome Gladiators, as they had been the only team outside the top three who up to today still had an outside chance of closing the gap on the leaders (see table below).

However the teams just beglobal-champions-league-01hind Valkenswaard are very much in contention with just a few points separating them, so while Allen’s team can claim to have ‘survived’ this latest contest, they still have work to do if they are to be declared the first ever Global Champions League winners.

The second-last round of the league takes place next week in Vienna, with the final leg being held in Doha in November.

Global Champions League current standings:
(unchanged due to today’s round at Rome being cancelled)
1. Valkenswaard United 279.50
2. Antwerp Diamonds 278.00
3. Monaco Aces 274.50
4. Rome Gladiators 254.50
5. Cannes Stars 232.00
6. Paris Jets 225.50
7. Shanghai Swans 223.00
8. Cascais Charms 218.50
9. Madrid In Motion 216.00
10. Doha Fursan Qatar 215.00
11. Miami Glory 209.00
12. Vienna Eagles 205.50