Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) were in a league of their own in the 1.50 speed class in Gothenburg Friday evening. As start number 29 Christian and his wonderful stallion set a target impossible to beat by the riders to come.
After his win Ahlmann said; ”The whole course was good for me as there were a lot of turns, and were there were distances it was almost impossible to do one stride less. If I ride on the same amount of strides as the other riders, I’m normally a bit faster. When I walked the course I felt that this was my class, and that I could be in the top five without pushing the horse. And when it goes all the way it’s just great! It’s so cool to ride into the price giving ceremonies here, because the spectators stay and make a party of it! You get the feeling that they are really enjoying it!”
The first rider to produce a possible winning time in the class was Italian rider Roberto Cristofoletti on Bukowskis Belisario (Cortez x Ciceron) who ended up on 62.98 seconds. But it didn’t last to the end – Roberto ended fifth when the class came to a close.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is beyond imaginable popular in Sweden, and when he and Casall La Silla (Carentino x Lavall I)produced a clear round 0.75 seconds slower than Roberto the crowds went crazy – screaming for Rolf’s ‘royal’ wave as he left the ring. Michael Whitaker was next, and on the lovely chestnut Viking (Jacomar x Almox Prints) he managed to cut off 1.12 second on Roberto’s time – taking the lead.
Marco Kutscher and Satisfaction FRH (Stakkato x Calypso II) produced another lovely clear around the twelve fence track, but the time wasn’t strong enough for the top. Victoria Gulliksen – who turned 20 yesterday – also did an impressive job and was clear on Billy Buttercup (Vectha x Clover Hill), as was Linnea Ericsson on Damgaardens Extens (Crelido x Aleksander).
Pius Schwizer was fast as always though and with a clear round on the time of 62.12 he eventually ended third on Ulysse (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme). But then came Christian and Taloubet Z, and with precision and power – as well as the tightest turns and the loveliest rhythm – they set all competition a side to take the lead on 60.53. Nobody was able to catch them, and the super pair took home the biggest victory of the day. Angelica Augustsson, Maikel van der Vleuten and Simon Delestre also rode great rounds – but Simon came the closest and ended fourth on Valentino Velver (Indoctro x Burggraf).
1. Christian Ahlmann/Taloubet Z o-60.53.
2. Michael Whitaker/Viking 0-61.86
3. Pius Schwizer/Ulysse 0-62.12
4. Simon Delestre/Valentino Velvet 0-62.19
5. Roberto Cristofoletti /Bukowskis Belisario 0-62.98
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