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Katharina Offel’s amazing race at the Gucci Masters

Saturday, 03 December 2011

Katharina Offel and Cathleen 28 in action in Paris. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katharina Offel took home the win in the Trophee Salon du Cheval at the Gucci Masters today. An amazingly fast jump-off gave her the win in this 1.50 class on Cathleen 28 (Cordobes I x Ramiro Z), leaving her closest rival Ludger Beerbaum 1.34 seconds behind her. The class had no less than 18 clear riders that proceeded to the-jump-off, where seven of them again rode clear rounds. With so many riders going through, the jump-off turned into a spectacular race.

Ludger is in good form and finished second on Chaman.Marcus Ehning was the first one to make it; on Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) he took some really tight turns – but it was still possible to shave time off as he didn’t go flat out on the stretch to the last oxer. Ludger was next to go on Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You), and managed to be a little faster than Marcus – cutting off 0.13 seconds. Ludger’s time looked really good, his turns were accurate and the tempo high.

Katharina Offel followed next, and set off in top gear on Cathleen 28. There was no doubt; Offel was chasing the win. As she came flying in to the penultimate vertical a small gasp went through the crowds – and then Offel raced down to the last oxer crossing the finish line on a time that was a fantastic 1.34 seconds faster than Ludger’s. It was almost unbelievable. Ben Maher, Christian Ahlmann and David McPherson all opted for steady versions – while Rolf was quite fast on AB 19 Chianti (Caretino x Capitol I) to eventually finish fourth.

The lovely Sabrina finished third with Marcus Ehning.Last to go – speed machine Patrice Delaveau on Katchina Mail (Calvaro x Laudanum) – gave everything for the home crowds. They had by far the fastest time of the day – 37.24 seconds – but unfortunately the penultimate vertical fell in the effort to beat Offel.

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