The iconic 'Rathaus' or City Hall was the key witness to Thursday's opening competition over 2 phases. The field of 83 riders got the honour to open the first-ever GCT event held in Austria. Many of the GCT stars have been in a battle over the long season and decided to give their tophorses a look around the impressive arena en retired after a couple of jumps in order to save strengths for the highly important GCT Grand Prix of Austria on Saturday.
With tension rising riders like GCT nr.1 Edwina Tops Alexander on Itot du Chateau, last weekend's Grand Prix winner Laura Kraut on Cedric and the Valkenswaard runner up Richard Spooner retired after the first round. With the famous saving up on energy it was up to the young wolves to grasp the opportunity to jump in the spotlights of Vienna. And so they did. After being beaten by Patrice Delaveau, last week, Jessica Springsteen set things straight with a sharp double-clear, improving Brazil's newcomer Marlon Zanotelli on Corrito.
It was only Hans 'Hansi' Dieter Dreher on Master de Menardiere who succeeded stopping the clock faster but his rail along the way sent him down on the leader board. The crowd's favourite and showjumping veteran Thomas Frühmann on his loyal The Sixth Sense recorded the best Austrian result.
For full results go here.
Source: GCT press release
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