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Aachen Day Four; Sergio seizes the win

Friday, 15 July 2011

A super fast Sergio wins with Wisconsin in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Sergio Alvares  Moya and Wisconsin went all the way to the top in Friday’s biggest class, the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen.  Moya was double clear, and as first to go in the jump-off the Spanish rider set such a fast target that nobody that came after him could catch him. “I’m very happy; most riders dream their entire career of winning here in Aachen. The horse jumped really good and was very fast in the jump-off,” Sergio said after his win, pointing out that the longer lines that opened up for a lot of gallop suited Wisconsin very well.

The class saw ten of the 48 riders going clear. The first clear round came from the winner himself, who brought his twelve year old gelding by Darco into a lovely rhythm to cross the finish line on a clean sheet. The course which consisted of twelve fences and fifteen jumps had two sections that caused a headache for many of the riders; a lot of faults came at the b-element in the triple combination, and the final combination with water trays beneath placed by the small lake in the big grass arena made a few of the horses slam on their brakes. Lars Nieberg’s Galippo (Giorgio x For Pleasure), Michel Robert’s Kaloe Des Perrieres (Quat’Sous x Benroy) and Ludger Beerbaum’s Couleur Rubin (Cordalme Z x Grannus) were among the horses that decided that the fences were to spooky to jump on both one or two occasions.

Runner-up; Hans-Dieter Dreher did a great job on Magnus Romeo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Moya came in first in the jump-off, and set off in a very fast pace – making the most of Wisconsin’s gallop on all the stretches. The time was extremely good at 40.77 seconds, and it soon showed that it was completely unbeatable for the remaining nine riders. It was surprisingly Hans-Dieter Dreher on the not so easy Magnus Romeo (Royal Feu x Hans Anders Z) who came the closest as he pushed the ten year old stallion against the clock, and crossed the finish line on 40.86 seconds – making the home crowds go crazy. Not even Marco Kutscher – known for his speed and precision – could match Moya, and had to settle for third on Cash (Carthago x Lavall). “My horse has just been with me for three months, but immediately started to go very well. It’s a big honor to ride here in Aachen for the first time,” Hans-Dieter Dreher said of his runner-up position.

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