USA's Kent Farrington pulled off the perfect jump-off with Voyeur (Tolano van't Riethof x Goodwill) in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg, which put him on top of the podium on Saturday afternoon.
It was a very difficult first round that waited for the strong field of riders, with the last line - one combination with a triple bar, oxer and then a line to a vertical, vertical combination - stopping several riders from taking part in the second round. But as always 18 riders went through; eight of them were clear, two brought with them one time penalty each and the rest brought four faults with them to the second round.
Round two was a bit easier and gave more clear rounds - in the end it there were five double clear riders that went on to the jump-off, which turned out to be a real race against the clock.
Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Forever D Arco Ter Linden (Darco x Tenor Manciais) were first to go and pulled off a really good jump-off in 50,96 seconds. Next out was home rider Philipp
Weishaupt with the huge Chico (Cordalme x Sandro). Chico might be a big horse, but he showed that he can be fast as well and took over the lead with a time of 49,22 seconds. Third to go were Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I). Rolf started off really fast, slowed down a bit in the middle of the track before he finished the jump-off in full speed. It was a bit too slow to take over the lead so the Swedish rider went in a second behind Weishaupt. Hans-Dieter Dreher went all in with Embassy (Escudo I x Silvio I), but the b-element of the combination fell and Hansi had to settle for sixth place in the end.
Then it was time for the winner - Kent Farrington with Voyeur - and he showed the Hamburg crowds, that as always had showed up in huge numbers, a jump-off with full speed from the beginning to the end. Kent had a little luck on the last fence, but that is part of the sport, and he finished the track clear in 48,97 seconds.
Last out was Janne-Friederike Meyer with the 9 year old Goja (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro vd Begijnakker). Janne and Goja did a great performance yet again, but the gelding is pretty inexperienced at this level and the pair happily settled for the fifth place leaving Kent Farrington to celebrate yet another win. The American rider was on fire in Shanghai, and his winning streak seems to continue also on this side of the globe.
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