Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) made it a very popular home win in the Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen in Aachen on Friday afternoon. The class was filled with great names and equine superstars, and eighteen of the 43 made it to the jump-off. With Corradina (Corrado I x Sandro), Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor), Chaman, Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot), Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I) and Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) as some of the horses chasing the clock it was bound to be fast in the huge grass ring in Aachen.
The jump-off got the perfect start as Carsten-Otto Nagel rode a clear on the ever lovely Corradina. It was not crazy fast though, and the pair eventually ended as nr. six. Werner Muff was next to go and quickly shaved off 0.86 seconds on Nagel’s time around the shortened track that counted seven fences and eight jumps. After the combination half way it was a stretch to speed up to a vertical before a super sharp turn could be made to the Rolex vertical before a final stretch to an oxer waited.
Both Leon Thijssen and Jerome Guery left the ring without leaving the track intact, as did Gregory Wathelet. Shane Breen was clear on the lovely Balloon (Baloubet du Rouet x Landcapitol) though and slotted in behind Muff. Nicola Philipaaerts had the plank into the combination down, as did Christian Ahlmann when coming in at quite an angel.
Ludger was next, and the maestro delivered. A picture perfect round on Chaman, which included the perfect hit into the combination – gave the super pair a time of 38.12 seconds and the home crowds went wild. The following four riders all had faults, but Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue showed off their skills to be clear – their time of 40.45 seconds put them into second position. Daniel Deusser was also clear, although with a steady version – while Laura Kraut put Cedric into top gear to cross the finish line +1.65 seconds behind Ludger ending second and pushing Marcus down to third. Neither Katharina Offel nor Hans-Dieter Dreher could do anything about the final result as they both had an unfortunate rail down each.
Earlier in the day Werner Muff won the speed class on Osiris du Goyen, ahead of Shane Breen and Katrin Eckermann.
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