It was Ludger Beerbaum on Chaman that raced to victory in Saturday’s Preis der AachenMünchener. After a first round that was quite uneventful, with sixteen riders going through to the winning round, things heated up in the second part of the 1.50-competition. "I got Chaman from Luciana Diniz, but he didn't have the biggest heart at that time. This year we really have found each other though, and I'm really happy to have him. It's really, really, really a pleasure to ride and compete him - you can leave strides out, turn and it's a complete horse. Chaman loves this place, it really suits him with his big canter," said Ludger of his win.
Gerco Schröder on Eurocommerce California (Corland x Ramiro) set the first double clear. The Dutch rider’s round was fast at 46.95, but still controlled and there was no doubt that time could be shaved off. Marco Kutscher followed with a slower clear, while Alvaro de Miranda had one down at the vertical out of the combination.
Scott Brash rode a super fast round on Bon Ami (Pavarotti van de Helle x Richebourg); the British rider got a great angel to the oxer at fence two which saved him a little time, and then tightened the turn to the vertical at fence four and raced away on the last three stretches. Brash’s time of 44.09 was more than good enough to take the lead. Beezie Madden had a great time on 44.82, but had the last oxer down. Jeroen Dubbeldam produced a lovely round on BMC Quality Time (Quantum x Cantus), but was too slow. Jur Vrieling came flying to the last oxer, and was only fractions behind Brash on VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor). Eric Lamaze had a super fast round with the time of 43.29, but hit the last fence.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson went into the lead when he aboard Casall la Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) took a really tight turn from the combination to the vertical at fence four, and then took all the gallop out of his stallion on the following stretches. The Swedish rider’s time was as good as 42.73, and looked unbeatable.
Ludger Beerbaum is on a roll after several good results lately, and looked determined to beat Rolf’s time. It was almost impossible to understand how Rolf’s time could be bettered, but Ludger let Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) go almost flat out on all the stretches pushing on in top gear. Then the German rider took the shortest turn possible to the last oxer, and it was probably here that he managed to shave off a little on Rolf’s time crossing the finish line on the time of 42.19. The Swedish flag in the ring was switched to the German, while the crowds were going crazy over Ludger’s performance. Laura Kraut did her very best as last to go, but had to settle for third on the fast time of 42.80 together with Teirra (Tolano van het Riethof x Aldatus).
About tomorrow's Grand Prix, Ludger said; "The Grand Prix in Aachen is always a highlight. It's the way to Madrid, and also to the Olympics in some way. After the Nations Cup on Thursday, I want to show everyone and convince myself that me and Gotha can do better."
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