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Kevin Staut with another speedy win in Gothenburg

Friday, 24 February 2017
CSI5*-W Gothenburg Horse Show 2017

Kevin Staut with Ayade de Septon et HDC. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Kevin Staut with Ayade de Septon et HDC. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The Friday in Gothenburg finished off with a 1.50m speed class that in the end went to Kevin Staut and Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d'Avril du Mazy) after a wonderful round in Skandinavium. The result list reflected that this was a class where some riders gave it a real go while others used it as a warm-up for Sunday’s World Cup.

Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten was first to go with VDL Groep Idi Utopia (Quasimodo Z x Darco). The Dutch combination produced a clear round, but the time 69,35 was clearly not good enough for a win.

Germany's Holger Wulschner took over the lead two riders later, but had to see Spain's Eduardo Alvarez Aznar overtaking him just minutes after.

It almost looked like home hero Henrik von Eckermann were going for his third win of the day aboard Mary Lou (Montendro x Portland L). Their time was good enough to beat Aznar, but one pole fell.

Germany's Markus Brinkman and Switzerland's Werner Muff both followed with clear rounds, but where never a threat to the ones in the lead. So, when Dutch rider Leopold van Asten took three seconds off the Spanish leading time and set the new time to beat at 64,28 the atmosphere rose and it looked like van Asten would bring home the win.

A few slow clear rounds later, Germany's Marcus Ehning tried to secure a win in Gothenburg like he has done so many times before, but 65,63 was in the end only good enough for fourth place.

Then it was time for Kevin Staut. The French rider has won countless speed classes over the years and is always a rider to look out for. You could barely hear a sound as his 11-year-old chestnut mare flew more than jumped, the 13-fence-track to shave off nearly a second on van Asten’s time. 

None of the riders to come could match Staut’s time, but Geir Gulliksen rode a safe clear round with Edesa S Banjan (Toulon x Lys de Darmen) while Piergiorgio Bucci and Casallo Z slotted into third place on a well ridden Casallo Z (Casall x Carthago Z) 1,04 seconds behind Staut.

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