Friday’s 1.55 Prize of LGT went to Marco Kutscher on Cornet’s Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot ) – that simply were in another league than the rest on Friday evening in Basel. Marco – known for his extreme precision, always riding fast but never looking like going wild in the ring, chased them all down tonight on the lovely ‘Alien’ - even beating the world number one Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Nabab de Reve ) who ended third behind David Will who did a tremendous performance aboard SIEC Carriere (Catoki x Contango).
It was bound to be an exciting and very fast jump-off in St. Jacobshalle as fourteen riders very used to chasing the clock went on to the jump-off. And when both Ludger Beerbaum and Harrie Smolders opened up with clear and quick rounds, the pressure was on for the rest. Quickly after, it was Katharina Offel that took over the lead though after yet another clear round on the very-well jumping Lacontino (Landgold x Continue). Eventually the Ukrainian rider ended fifth, and as best lady rider in the class.
After Scott Brash rode a clear round, bringing the seconds down to 35.94 after one of his usual flawless performances – it looked like it would be hard to beat, and almost unbeatable. But, it did not hold all the way for the Scotsman today because next in was another super talented young rider – David Will. David rode a breathtaking round, racing down to the final oxer to the cheers of the crowds and cutting the time down to 35.54. It was incredible to watch!
Back from an injury break Rolf-Göran Bengtsson showed great form on Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I), who was fresh and very happy to be back in the ring – slotting in between Scott and Katharina, eventually ending fourth.
With only five riders left to go it was time for Marco Kutscher and Cornet’s Cristallo. The two solved an almost impossible task in a way that made it look easy, and a great turn and stride back to the third last fence – a vertical – and a race to the last gave the two a very popular win in Basel.
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