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Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z win again

Saturday, 02 July 2011

Ahlmann and Taluobet Z win in Estoril. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.Tonight's Global Champions Tour leg from Estoril gave the crowds several good rounds from amazing horses and riders. The best one of them all were once again Christian Ahlmann and his wonderful stallion Talubet Z Galoubet A x Polydor).

Clarissa Crotta continued her good form from Cannes, and rode a clear first round. The Swiss rider was followed by home rider Marina Frutoso de Melo on Coltaire Z (Carthago Z x Voltaire) who rode a great clear round which caused the crowds in Estoril to go crazy with applause. Abdullah Al Sharbatly had his first big show with Larkhill Cruiser (Cruising x Crosstown Dancer). The pair will have to tune in their partnership a bit as they had three fences down. Leopold van Asten had a lovely round with his best horse VDL Groep Santana B (Mr. Blue x H. Alme Z), but unfortunately they had one time fault.

Kevin Staut was the next to go clear on Banda de Hus  (Argentiuns x Lefevre) and is seemingly finding back to his usual form after a bit of an up-and-down period. Billy Twomey and Romanov II had the b-element in the triple combination down, while leading GCT-rider Edwina Alexander retired her mare Ciske van Overis. Luciana Diniz gave the spectators something to celebrate when she rode a picture-perfect round on Winningmood (Darco x Lassini)  to record a clear round. 

Marc Houtzager’s Sterrehof’s Opium was his usual bucking self, but unfortunately the pair had the first element in the combination down. The time was good though, and they proceeded through to the second round. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum crossed the finish line on a clean sheet on Shutterfly (Silvio Ix Forrest), as did Marco Kutscher on the stallion Cornet Obolensky(Clinton x Heartbreaker). Jeroen Dubbeldam, Roger Yves Bost and Philipp Weishaupt all had one down – while winner from Doha Alvaro de Miranda had an unusual twelve faults on AD Wilbert Z (Picasso Z x Numero Uno).

Third; Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.Rolf-Göran Bengtsson has two GCT-wins so far this season and proved that he is capable of more, as he and the lovely stallion Casall la Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) only had one single time penalty. Another man who is on fire these days is Ludger Beerbaum – the German rider has enjoyed a brilliant run of form lately – and the first round of the Grand Prix in Estoril was no exception. With Chaman ((Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) Ludger could record yeat another clear.

Pius Schwizer – yesterday’s winner – rode a fantastic round on Carlina (Carvallo x Landgraf I), who jumped absolutely amazing. They made the course look like a walk in the park, with Carlina bouncing around the track seemingly without effort.  Christian Ahlmann had no intention of not making it to the second round, and rode a determined clear round on his very consistent stallion Taloubet Z.

The second part of the competition consisted of some really good rounds. Roger-Yves Bost, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Philipp Weishaupt and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson were all clear but with faults from the first round they unfortunately didn't make it to the jump off. Casall La SIlla is on a really good form these days and he secured Bengtsson the seventh place with only one time penalty.  Leopold van Asten had one down but rode a good round on VDL Groep Santana B. 

Then there was time for the German Armada. Marco Kutcher, Meredith Michales-Beerbaum and Ludger Beerbaum all rode clear rounds and secured a great jump-off. Kevin Staut had one fence down in the triple combination that he rode without his right stirrup, while the home crowd had to see Marina Frutoso de Melo have four fences down. Luciana and Winningmood made it up to them though, and secured Portugal a rider in the jump-off after another good round.  Then there was time for Clarissa Crotta who most certainly is on form these days. The Swiss rider rode a great clear round aboard Imperial West Side van Meerputhoeve (Baloubet du Rouet x Apollonios). Her team mate Pius Schwizer wasn't able to do the same as his wonderful mare Carlina had one fence down. Last man out was this year's World Cup winner Christian Ahlmann. Taloubet Z was as good as ever and secured yet another German rider in the jump off. 

Runner-ups: Luciana Diniz and Winnigmood please the home crowds. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.The jump-off consisted of nine fences including a combination. The course invited the horses and riders to show some real galloping as well as a couple of short turns. Marco Kutscher was the first to go. Cornet Obolensky looked a bit tired and had three fences down, while Meredith and Shutterfly had some difficulties at fence five which had to be jumped on a circle to avoid the decorations behind it on the way to fence six. 

The first clear in the jump-off came from Ludger and Chaman. The German rider has been top three on three ocations this season, but he still hasn't been able to climb the top of the podium. Ludger still rode quite a safe round and managed a clear on the time 48.85. Chaman's former rider Luciana Diniz had a beautiful round as always and with some tight turns Luciana and Winningmood were ahead of Ludger as they crossed the finnish line ont he time 47.32. Clarissa Crotta tried her very best, but the second last fence fell and she ended up as number five.

Then there was time for Ahlmann who is a dangerous competitor, especially as the last one to go.  And Ahlmann and Taloubet once again proved their strength as they were able to beat Luciana's time with nearly two seconds at 45. 21.  The pair have most definately proved that the victory in leipzig in April was a well deserved one. 

For full results go here. 

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