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Marco makes it a win in Rikstoto Grand Prix

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Marco and Spartacus TN prove to be a winning combination in Oslo. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marco Kutscher showed Spartacus TN’s potential today in Oslo, taking home the five star Rikstoto Grand Prix. The nine year old stallion by Stakkato x Grannus has been with Marco since the end of May, and has jumped better and better during their time together. Yesterday Spartacus looked super, and today it was even better – and as last to go in the jump-off Marco grabbed the opportunity taking home the win. Runner-up was Sergio Alvares Moya on his newly acquired Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle) – and what a beautiful pair these two make; Carlo jumped out of this world and really seems to enjoy having Sergio on his back.

The class was opened by Simon Delestre on Qlassic Bois Margot (L’Arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A). This black eight year old stallion really suits Simon, and they tackled the thirteen fence course faultless. Carsten-Otto Nagel was the next to produce a clear on a very well jumping Cazaro (Chambertinn x Athlet Z), as did Gregory Wathelet on Riesling de Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken) who really seems to like it in Oslo riding one clear round after another. After these three, there came a lot of faults – they spread evenly around the track but quite a lot of faults came in the triple combination [oxer-vertical-oxer] which came really fast out of a turn towards the end of the course.

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this; Sergio and Carlo 273 ended second!Some riders were really unlucky; Max Kühner and Katharina Offel both had the first fence down and then cleared the rest of the course, while Scott Brash had to pull up Ursula  XII (Ahorn x Papageno) ahead of fence four – but was faultless apart from that.

After a while, the poles stopped dropping and there was a new clear – and a very popular one! It came from home rider Ole Kristoffer Meland riding the Norwegian bred CC Top (Ladiesdrem x Nimmerdor). The crowds exploded before Ole cleared the last fence, but he nevertheless managed to leave it intact.

Then came Sergio and Carlo, and what can we say other than the fact that we love this couple! Carlo jumps fantastic, and the two suit each other so well – it was a joy to watch Carlo making light work of the course. The last clear came from another great couple; Marco and Spartacus TN. The stallion was earlier ridden by Eric van der Vleuten, who thought the horse was better suited for another rider and it was given for Marco to bring on which has turned out to be a very good choice for all parties.

Cazaro jumped great with Carsten-Otto and finsihed third. The jump-off track was not of the spectacular kind, but opened up for some galloping. Simon Delestre opened the show and was clear again on the time of 36.70 – it definitely looked beatable. Carsten-Otto proved that it was as next to go and shaved off 0.37 seconds on the French rider’s time, taking the lead. Gregory had three poles down, while Ole Kristoffer had the b-element of the combination down.

Then it was Sergio and Carlo’s turn, and yet again the two produced an unbelievable round. Carlo had his ears pricked and popped around the shortened track like it was nothing, and although Sergio didn’t go flat out the two were still very fast – and will probably be even faster as their partnership evolves. The clock stopped at 35.55 and Sergio took over the lead. Marco was last to go and took advantage of Spartacus TN’s huge canter, leaving strides out wherever he could. It didn’t look as fast as it rode, but the clock showed that it was definetly fast as the sympathetic rider shaved off more than two seconds on Sergio’s time. It was great to see a huge smile on Marco’s face and he had every reason to; hopefully Spartacus TN will be able to fill Cornet Obolensky’s shoes in the future!

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