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Hamburger Derby winners - Nisse Lüneburg and Calle Cool!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The winners! Nisse Lüneburg and Calle Cool. Photo Jenny Abrahamsson.Nisse Lüneburg and his 15 year old Calle Cool (Concerto x Landgraf) won the prestigious Hamburger Derby after a jump-off against Torben Köhlbrandt and C-Trenton Z (Carthago x Calypso) today.

Nisse and Torben were the only ones to clear the difficult course and when Torben, as first out in the jump-off, got one down Nisse could do a safe clear round. We have to give extra credit to Calle Cool and C-Treton Z - two fantastic horses that managed to stay fresh and focused around the long and hard course.

Calle Cool went down the derby bank without problems. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Hamburger Spring-Derby is an 83 year long tradition, and it is the same course today as the first time in 1929. With 17 fences and 26 jumps that are both high and technical it is for sure a difficult course. It is probably the only class were you can see the riders acting like they just won when they cross the finish line on 12 faults.

Several fences caused problems - the high derby bank of course and then the tall plank just a few meters after the derby bank. Also a huge oxer with hedges under and the combination with just one pole hanging in the air gave the riders a hard time.

The crowds in Hamburg are great and when Christian Ahlmann's stable jockey Judith Emmers managed to be the first one to go around the course with just one down it seemed like an explotion.  When Torben Köhlbrandt and Nisse Lüneburg were clear it seemed like the public would never stopped cheering.

Torben Köhlbrandt and C-Trenton Z did two fantastic rounds. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Two clear rounds and five riders on 4 faults was the result of today's Derby class. The rest of the riders had 12 faults or more and 14 riders were eliminated or retired.

Marcus Ehning was one of the few top riders on the world ranking who participated. His horse Campbel really seemed to enjoy the long course and spectacular fences, and the two crossed the finishline with only four faults

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