I thought Casall jumped well yesterday; he felt good. I didn’t go flat out, it was a part of the plan considering the coming days. I didn’t want to take too much out of Casall, if I had I might have had to pay the price today. Looking back at the pace I held, I’m happy I ended up as number six. I came a little close into the combination at 5a and b – but Casall helped and solved the situation well. He is almost better when he comes a little closer like that.
I was maybe a bit surprised about the course as I expected a little more from it. It didn’t look too hard, and it wasn’t either. But I think many were carried away when Rik Hemeryck opened with such a good round. It made some of the riders think that it was simple and then they gave too much gas.
I expected a bit more from the German riders, but they didn’t have luck on their side. Steve and Pius where really good though, and with Pius starting with a new horse today he looks very strong. Rich Fellers can also be counted with, and Kevin rode great yesterday as well. I also think Patrice’s horse looked really good.
I am happy with my overall standing – today it’s all about not getting too many faults. I rode Casall earlier today and he’s in a good mood and feels great so fingers crossed for tonight.
Best wishes Rolf