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Marcus Ehning & Sabrina continue to impress in Bordeaux

Sunday, 05 February 2012

Marcus & Sabrina enroute to victory in Bordeaux. Photo by Christophe Bricot/Jumping de Bordeaux.They won on Friday, and today they did it again: Marcus Ehning and Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) won the Grand Prix Land Rover in Bordeaux. This five star class had 35 riders lined up to compete for the top prize, but only six remained clear after the first round giving room for six four faulters on the prize list. Only two managed to produce another clear in the jump-off; Marcus and Penelope Leprevost on Maestro de la Loge (Esterel des Bois x Narcos II).

Marcus had the fastest time though; he crossed the finish line on 41.26 seconds – while Penelope stopped the clock on 42.97. The fastest time of the day belonged to third placed Steve Guerdat on Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II), but they pair had one down on the way around the track.

For the Swiss - today associated with Nino – a third place is almost similar to failure “particularly because the mistake in the jump-off is on me!” Pénélope, on the contrary, could not be more satisfied with today’s outcome. Placing second behind Marcus Ehning feels as good as a victory to her: “If I had won this Grand Prix, it would only have been so because the others lost it. Maestro is a horse that still needs to learn many things and so I knew that I would not belong to the fastest this afternoon. It was evident that Marcus was going to win and he did not even have to take measures at the end to improve his result.”

The French audience’s favourite German rider had good reasons to be thoroughly happy with his performance: “It’s the first time I won a Grand Prix 5* in over a year.” In fact, his last victory goes back to January 2011 in Zurich. “Sabrina did a great job here, she won the important class on Friday, she wins the Grand Prix Land Rover today. She’s perfect. It’s true that there’s a very particular feeling to winning in Bordeaux with the audience being so close to us.”

Earlier in the day Roger-Yves Bost won a 1.50 Accumulator class on Castle Forbes Vivaldo vh Costersveld (Clinton x Randel).

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Source: Press release from Jumping International de Bordeaux

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