After a super exciting jump-off in Geneva it was Alvaro Miranada and AD Drossel Dan that took home the win in the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier as last to go. With no less than sixteen riders proceeding on to the jump-off, it was always going to be a fast one – also securing top quality entertainment for the Swiss crowds. The jump-off course was reduced to eight fences that also included a combination midway at 5a and b, and two long stretches to speed up towards the end; one to the penultimate vertical and then another one to the last oxer.
Four Swiss riders went on to the jump-off, and it was one of them that opened the second round; Werner Muff and Kiamon (Kolibri x Ramiro’s Match). Muff rode a sensible clear round, and there was no doubt that his time of 45.78 seconds could be beaten. Stefan Eder went for it on Chilli van Dijk (Champion du Lys x Alcatraz), but took three fences with him on the way. Pilar Muro had a fast time on Nuage Bleu crossing the finish line on 43.00, but took a fence down on the way.
Claudia Gisler took a popular lead on Touchable (Navarone x Goodwill) as fourth to go with a clear round and a time of 45.24. The Swiss rider was challenged by French rider Penelope Leprevost – one of four riders representing France in the jump-off. Penelope – full of confidence after her Gucci Grand Prix win last weekend – set off in a high pace on Mylord Carthago *HN (Carthago x Jalisco B), and took some real risks with tight turns to fence four and six but unfortunately she had the penultimate vertical down. It was nevertheless the fastest time so far.
Marco Kutscher took over the lead on Cornet Obolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker), but it didn’t last for long as Denis Lynch overtook him one rider later. The Irish rider shaved off 0.33 seconds on Kutscher’s time, and really put Lantinus (Landkönig x Argentinus) in top gear on the last two stretches. In the meantime Janika Sprunger saw one down on Uptown Boy (Odermus R x Joost).
Patrice Delaveau rarely misses an occasion to go fast, and today the nine year old stallion Orient Express (Quick Star x Le Tot de Semilly) really lived up to his name. Delaveau set off in a high tempo from the beginning and never once put on the breaks – on the last two stretches the French rider went flat out and came flying on to the last oxer – crossing the finish line on a clean sheet and a fantastic time; 42.42. It was over two seconds faster than Denis, and looked impossible to beat. Michel Robert, Luciana Diniz, Steve Guerdat and Kevin Staut all tried their best, but even though all of them were clear none could match Patrice’s amazing time. Steve came the closest, and eventually ended up fourth with his consistent French partner Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II).
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson has been so consistent lately, and today was no different. With Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) he managed what seemed impossible; pushing Patrice down from the top of the leader board. Rolf rode a spot on turn from the combination to the vertical at fence six, and also let go on the two last stretches – cutting the time down to 42.22! Mario Deslauriers rode a great clear on the lovely nine year old mare Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) – an exciting horse for the future – and in the end he ended up in fifth position, which must be considered a great result in this company.
Alvaro de Miranda was last to go on AD Drossel Dan (Drosselklang x Ashleigh Brigadier), and seized the opportunity. Doda is always dangerous in a jump-off, and with a high pace from fence one the Brazilian rider showed that he was serious about the win. Already at the line from fence two to three Doda set off, and continued this race towards the end – flying on to the last oxer and crossing the finish line on an amazing time; 41. 72. It was a display of power, speed and accuracy – a great end to a great weekend of top sport in Geneva.
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Tonight's results mean that Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is back on top in the Western European league, while Steve Guerdat is rank two. Click here for full standing in the Western European league (not yeat updatet after Geneva).
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