Philipp Weishaupt made sure to finish his weekend in the best possible way on Sunday, when he rode to victory in the five star Longines Grand Prix in Rotterdam aboard Monte Bellini (Montender x Ramiro). After having contributed big time to the German Nations Cup victory on Friday, where Philipp and the 11 year old stallion produced the sole double clear for the German team - the pair yet again produced two immaculate clears to take home the prestigious class. The French riders made sure to claim the next two positions as Roger Yves Bost ended second on Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur), and Kevin Staut was third on Silvana HDC (Corland x Widor).
After the first round ten of the fifty riders had produced clears. Among them were the Rider of the Day in Friday's Nations Cup - Lucy Davis, again riding the lovely Barron (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve). She was accompanied by her team mate Laura Kraut on the wonderful Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I), and Philipp got company in the jump-off by his boss Ludger Beerbaum who rode the chestnut stallion Zinedine (Guidam x Heartbreaker) as well as his compatriot Hansi Dreher. In addition to these riders and the French ones, two home riders went clear - Jeroen Dubbeldam on Utascha SFN (Lux x Indoctro) and the Dutch Champion Gert Jan Bruggink on Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro). A sole Italian rider also went clear; Piergiorgio Bucci. Just as in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday it was the time that was the biggest challenge for the riders in today's Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam. The track build by Louis Konickx consisted of thirteen fences, and included a triple combination at 5abc, open water on 9 and a combination at 11ab. In the jump-off it was reduced to six fences which included a combination - the last part of the previous triple.
Lucy Davis was first out in the jump-off together with her lovely chestnut Barron, who has been jumping amazing throughout the weekend. A problem with the distance to the penultimate fence stopped them from being clear this time around though, and they ended on four faults. Bucci, who was next to go, had the a-element in the combination down on Casallo Z (Casall x Carthago Z).
The always fast Roger Yves Bost and Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois came fresh from a win in Cannes last weekend, and once again they put pressure on the rest of the field by being clear in a very good time at 34,11 seconds. Then it was time for the home crowd's two riders; Jeroen Dubbeldam and Gert-Jan Bruggink. Dubbeldam crossed the finish line 1,5 second behind Bosty with a really well jumping Utascha SFN to eventually finish fifth, while Bruggink gave the audience a real show. The right rein went into two pieces in the turn to the penultimate fence which then came down, but somehow Bruggink managed to finish his round.
Hansi Dreher is another very fast rider and aboard Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) he was more than one second faster than Bosty, but the top pole of the penultimate fence stopped their way to victory. Kevin and Silvana HDC did their best to catch Bosty, and went in to second at a time of 34,73 seconds. It looked like Laura Kraut and Cedric would take over the lead, but they lost some time in the last half of the course and crossed the finish line at 34,85 seconds to eventually end fourth.
Then it was the two riders from Stall Beerbaum left - Ludger Beerbaum and Philipp Weishaupt. The young and promising Zinedine once again showed his potential, but unfortunately got the penultimate fence - a blue and white vertical - down. Philipp and Monte Bellini were simply outstanding! Their round was as taken out of a text book, and the two made it look very easy shaving off half a second on Bosty's time to end up as winners in Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam!
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