It was Marco Kutscher and Nina Fagerström’s day in Gothenburg on Thursday. Nina took home the two first classes of the day; first a 1.40 class on Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman) and then another one on Viva (Corrado x Nimmerdor) – both horses owned by Stephex Stables. Late in the evening it was time for the 1.50 class with a jump-off; a class where Stall Beerbaum made sure that their presence was noticed – Marco won, Ludger was third and Philipp Weishaupt fourth.
There were a lot of clears in the 1.50 class; altogether 17 of the 38 riders produced clear rounds. Some were really unlucky; Dermott Lennon, Douglas Lindelöw and Edwina Tops-Alexander all had the last vertical down while Kevin Staut fell off when ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z refused on the oxer at fence nine.
The first clear round in the jump-off came from Daniel Neilson on Varo M (Pierrot x Weinfurst); a really talented young British rider on a very likeable horse. It didn’t last long though as Philipp was next to go on Monte Bellini (Montender x Ramiro), and crossed the finish line clear on 35.25. The time looked good, and one needed to ride fast to beat it. Simon Delestre was also clear, but slower – while Kamal Bahamdan on Noblesse des Tess (Cumano x Irak E) had to pull up ahead of the second element in the combination after jumping through the first one.
Ludger was next to go clear; and he was fast as well. On Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) the boss of Stall Beerbaum showed how to do it and cut every corner to cross the finish line on 35.19 – good enough for the lead, and eventually for third. Home hero Rolf-Göran Bengtsson had one down, but was still applauded and cheered on by the home crowds.
Marco then entered the ring on Satisfaction FRH (Stakkato x Calypso II). Dangerous as always, Marco set up in his controlled but amazingly fast rhythm – cutting the turns to the fifth vertical and the turn from the penultimate combination to the last fence down to the almost impossible – ending on a time 1.54 seconds faster than that off Ludger. Jerome Hurel tried his best on the powerful Ohm de Ponthual (Voltaire Calypso d’Herbiers), but it was just good enough for second – 0.56 second behind Marco. Nina Fagerström was placed in this class as well, with only one fence down in the jump-off on Talent (Mermus x Julio Mariner).
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