Just like in the Longines GCT Grand Prix in London, it was the incredible combination of Ben Maher and Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) that won the Warsteiner-Preis in Aachen on Wednesday. Harrie Smolders and Exquis Walnut de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) ended second, while France’s leading lady rider Penelope Lepravost was third on Nayana (Royal Feu x Narcos II). It was a 52 rider class, where twenty went on to the jump-off after going clear around Frank Rothenberger’s thirteen fence first track.
Belgium’s Jérôme Guery set an early hard-to-beat time at 46.07 seconds on Upper Star (Metall x Zeus), having the other rider chasing his time to eventually end fourth. Nicola Philppaerts tried, but had one down – while Werner Muff did well to be clear on Never Last (Naples x Ramiro) at 47.24 seconds to eventually end 6th. Leon Thijssen did not succeed, nor did David Will who went through the wall and was unseated – and for the next riders faults followed as well.
Then came Ben and Jane Clark’s amazing 11 year old mare Cella. Yet again this fantastic combination left their competitors behind by getting everything right; racing around to the combination, then getting a super angel to the Rolex oxer as well as great turns to the following fences – crossing the finish line on 44.07 seconds. None of those to come could catch him, but as last to go in the jump-off Harrie Smolders came the closest on Walnut at 45.74 seconds pushing Penelope Leprevost down to third with her time of 45.88. Katharina Offel ended fifth on Charlie (Cornet Obolensky x Potsdam), also she clear at 46.92 seconds.
Earlier on in the day Hans-Dieter Dreher won the Preis des Handwerks on Master de Menardiere (Flipper d´Elle x Iris Landai), while David Will was second on Black Jack (Escudo I x Drosselklang II) and Jérôme Guery third on the Quick Star-stallion Popstar Lozonais.
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