Denis Lynch and his 13 year old gelding Lantinus (Landkönig x Argentinus) made a great comeback on the five-star scene when the pair took home Thursday’s Mercedes-Benz Championat von Hamburg. “Lantinus is back; this was his second big class after a long break, and he felt top today! He couldn’t have done any better and I’m very happy with him,” Denis said to WoSJ after his win.
The course of thirteen fences in the impressive grass ring in Hamburg gave the riders plenty of challenges, and out of the 52 riders fourteen made it to the jump-off. For the jump-off the course was reduced to eight fences, and the track included a combination with a triple bar at the a-element. Karina Harbich Johannpeter on Dragonfly (Landwind x Lauriston) was first to go around the enormous grass ring. They had the second oxer down to finish on a time of 52.33, while Ali Al Thani and Adolfo FRH (Accord II x Graphit) had two down.
Luciana Diniz and her lovely grey stallion Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) then entered the arena, and quickly showed that they were there to win. They set of from the start, and raced down the stretch from the second to the third fence – continuing with a sharp angel at fence five. The crowds went wild when Diniz was clear and crossed the finish line on 46.36 to take the lead. Harrie Smolders and Exquis Walnut de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) had two down, while Lars Nieberg on Lord Louis (Lasino x Alcatraz) stayed clear on 52.61 – which eventually was good enough for sixth place.
Luck was not on Edwina Alexander’s side, and Ciske van Overis (Celano x Darco) had two down. Thomas Voss on the other hand had a really good round on Carena 11 (Corrado 11 x Alcatraz) and raced around the course to slot in on the time 51.63. Judy-Ann Melchior did not have the best of days, and saw three poles fall to the ground on Cha Cha Z (Carthago Z x Beach Boy).
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and the 16 year old Checkmate 4 (Contender x Pik Bube II) gave it their best and raced down to the GCT oxer to jump it on a great angel, and then continued on a very short turn to the following vertical – but Checkmate gave the fences so much air that they lost a bit of time to finish behind Diniz on 47.96 seconds. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and his stallion Casall la Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) pushed on around the course, and made a really short turn between fence five and six.Their time was good, and they slotted in right behind Meredith with a time of 48.14. Laura Kraut had an unlucky pole down over the GCT oxer on the bouncy Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I) – as did Michael Whitaker.
Lantinus and Denis then entered the ring. The gelding has a huge canter, and Denis took every stride out where it was possible – in true spirit of the sponsor of the class they raced around the course and did not put on the breaks anywhere. Their efforts gave them a time 1.06 seconds faster than that of Diniz, and Lynch could yet again take the title home – he also won the Championat von Hamburg last year on Nabab’s Son.
“Winningmood jumped great, but Denis was just faster today,” said Luciana after the class about her position as runner-up.
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