Gert-Jan Bruggink was simply in a league of his own in the 2* Grand Prix in Oldenburg on Sunday, and took home the win on Andrea (Marome x Voltaire) after a spectacular jump-off. It’s been a good weekend for Bruggink, who also won the 1.45 class on Friday riding the same horse. Today, the flying Dutchman got company of six other riders as they all went clear around the first round 1.45/1.50 track, to move on to the jump-off.
All of the four first riders in the jump-off – Tobias Woltering, Jan Vinckier, Ferenc Szentirmai and Philipp Weishaupt – recorded faults around the shortened track that opened both for some short turns and some serious gallop.
Then it was time for Marc Bettinger and the lovely Quannan-R (Kannan x A Lucky One). Bettinger held nothing back, and made a breathtaking turn to the vertical on the short side by the in-gate before he raced around the remains of the track.
Gert-Jan Bruggink was not prepared to give anything away though, and there was no doubt from the start that he was in to win. Bruggink did not once pull back, and to say he left the brakes on Andrea by the entrance would be an understatement. As he jumped the final oxer Gert-Jan was so sure of his win that he celebrated by jumping with one hand on the reins and one in the air – making sure the audience got value for their the ticket money as he shaved off more than two seconds on Bettinger’s time.
Last to go – Maurice Tebbel on Cooper – could do nothing about the top two as he had one down. Bruggink could celebrate another win; Bettinger was left to second and Vickier to third with four faults.
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