It was Felix Haßmann and Horse Gym's Balzaci (Balou du Rouet x Ex Libris 2) that won the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Neumünster on Saturday. The 29 year old had one of only three double clear rounds in this 54-rider 1.50 class, which featured lots of strong names. With a time of 36.59 seconds in the jump-off, Felix took home the 7,500 Euros first prize. A total of 14 riders reached the jump-off, including the world number one Christian Ahlmann and the four-time Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum. But neither of them could do anything about Haßmann, who left them all behind. "Well, the Grand Prix is to follow, we'll see what we can do there," said Haßmann after the win looking forward to the main class on Sunday.
Runner-up was Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano on DS Uppercut (Nonstop x Feinschnitt I), with a time of 37 seconds. Third was one of the most successful riders of Dutch jumping, the Olympic champion in 2000, Jeroen Dubbeldam with the Holsteiner stallion Quality Time TN (Quantum x Cantus).
In the other 1.50 class of the day – the DZ Bank Pres – it was Holger Wulschner that took home the win. On the only 8 year old Cha Cha Cha G (Casall La Silla x Le Grand 16), the German rider produced one of two double clears. With a time of 43.24 it was yet another win for Germany, with Gert-Jan Brugging from Holland ended second on Cash Junior (Cash x Landadel) at 43.57 seconds. Third was Philipp Weishaupt with four faults aboard the Argelith Stakkato-mare Souvenir 29.
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Source: Press release from www.comtainment.de
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