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Guerdat and Ferrari 111 speed to victory in Aachen

Friday, 06 July 2012

Steve and Ferrari 111 enroute to victory in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Steve Guerdat and Ferrari 111 (Furioso II x Polydor) went in top gear from start to finish in today’s RWE-Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen, to take home the win. “It was a really fast class, and I decided to take risks from the start to try to win. Ferrari felt really good today; he was awake and careful,” Steve said after his win.

The 1.55 class had almost 50 riders at start, and of these 19 went on to the jump-off. The first round track consisted of 13 fences and included three combinations and an open water jump, but it was the combination at 9a and b that caused most trouble with its water trays and a difficult approach where the combination was almost a little hidden behind the hedges surrounding the lake and thus appeared somewhat late for the horses to see. The class also had a dramatic end as Roger Yves Bost took a bad fall with Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) at the last fence, but luckily both horse and rider where in one piece as they walked out of the course.

Steve and Ferrari receive their prize. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Janika Sprunger and Up Town Boy (Odermus R x Joost) set the time to beat as second to go in the jump-off, and when she stopped the clock on 49.92 she put plenty of pressure on the other riders. Neither Janne-Friederike Meyer, Rene Tebbel, Ramzy Al Duhami or Werner Muff could catch her although they were all clear – but Muff and Kiamon (Kolibri x Ramiro´s Match ) came closest and slotted into a temporarily second. Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara (Contender x Coronado) had the next clear, and went into third – but they were all to be pushed down as Steve was next to enter the huge arena in Aachen.

Steve held a high pace from start to finish, and tightened all the turns around the shortened track. A great turn to the penultimate vertical gave the Swiss rider a perfect angel which accommodated for a really good line on the stretch to the final oxer. Steve stopped the clock at 47.52, and shaved off 2.4 seconds of Janika’s time.

Hans-Dieter Dreher followed after Marc’ Houtzager had ridden a clear round. Dreher set off on Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I), and chased Steve to the appreciation of the home crowds – but he was slightly slower on the time of 48.62. Then followed Laura Kraut on the lovely Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I); she also held a high pace, but did not go flat out and slotted into third on a time of 49.36. Lauren Hough was last to go an ended fourth on Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant), securing the US two riders in the top five.

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