Jens Fredricson did the seemingly impossible today in the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix, taking home the win on Lunatic (Landlord x Utrillo). The Swedish rider must have nerves made of steel – giving his everything to bring the win home to Sweden, and pushing names like Marcus Ehning on Copin van de Broy (Darco x Brownboy) down to second and Jeroen Dubbeldam on Utascha SFN (Lux Z x Indoctro) down to third.
The class had 43 riders in it, and out of these seven went clear over the demanding first round track. They were joined in the second round by two riders with time faults, and two on four faults. In the first round most of the trouble occurred in the imposing triple combination consisting of two huge oxers and a vertical – with the b-element being the biggest head ache, and then at the final combination with one short stride from the vertical at a to the oxer at b with many horses taking down the front pole on the b-element.
The second round was reduced to eight fences and included long stretches to speed up. Nicolas Delmotte was first to go in with his four faults from the first round, and did a nice clear on Number One D’Iso Un Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Si Tu Viens). Lorenzo de Luca – also he on four faults from the first round – was not so lucky and retired after first crashing into the vertical with water beneath, and then jumping straight through it on Zoe II (Kannan x Goes Without Saying). Kirsten Coe had one down to end on six penalties aboard the lovely Baronez (Skippy II x Heartbreaker), while Julien Epaillard had two down ending on a nine penalty score overall.
Rolf Moormann has had a brilliant week in Falsterbo, and was on the winnig German team in Friday’s Nations Cup. Today he and Acorte (Acorado x Argelith Stakkato) continued to impress and did yet another double clear to end fourth. Marcus Ehning was next in and produced a breathtaking round on Copin van de Broy; going for his trademark tight turns and then full speed from the combination to the final three fences – taking the lead with the amazing time of 49.62 seconds. Philipp Weishaupt and Monte Bellini were also double clear, but went for a more steady version and slotted in on 61.78 seconds – eventually finishing sixth. Otto Becker will for sure have a tough job choosing his team for the Europeans with all his riders showing top form.
After a clear from Timothee Anciaume, it was time for Jeroen Dubbeldam who got the best out of Utascha SFN today. Jeroen really went for it to the penultimate vertical and the final oxer, and slotted into second behind Marucus on a time of 51.37 seconds. Ludo Philippaerts was next – but had one down, and then there was only one rider left to do anything about the result. Jens Fredricson made no fuss about the pressure though, getting straight to work as he crossed the start line on his amazing partner Lunatic. Leaving the brakes by the entrance to the grass ring, Jens made sure to show that he was going for the win racing down to the penultimate vertical before he went flat out to the final oxer while the home crowds cheered him on. When the clock stopped at 48.85 seconds the audience went wild, and Jens could celebrate what must be considered his biggest win to date!
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