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Quotes after day two at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final

Friday, 26 April 2013

A good atmosphere at the press conference in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Steve on today’s plan; "To win was my plan today. I did not have to think too much because I was not so good yesterday, so only a win today could bring me further up on the ranking for Sunday."

Steve on yesterday’s class; "Actually yesterday the horse jumped quite good. I don’t think I made a big mistake. It’s just something that happens, but in general I was a little bit too slow yesterday. The last two shows haven’t been that good so we maybe didn’t have the confidence."

Marc Houtzager on his change of horse since yesterday; "The plan was to change horse today. Sterrehof’s Uppity went in the speed class yesterday because he is a fast horse. I think three days is difficult for the horse and that’s why I choose to ride two horses."

Marc on the jump-off; "I didn’t see Steve as he was riding before me. When I came to the finish I saw I was nearly three seconds slower than Steve. I don’t know what Steve was doing. From my feeling he was flying."

Luciana Diniz, the overall leader and number three today; "It’s a great feeling. It’s the last Rolex World Cup final, it’s very special. I’d like to honor the organizers. It’s been a fantastic show, the public has been fantastic, everything is really good. The course designer has been building wonderful for me. I love him!"

Rolf on Quintero; "Of course I am pleased with him. We had a bit of a struggle between 1 and 2 in the first round and I was wondering how this would go. I saw Steve and it was not to beat today unless you had the perfect round. I got a little bit too deep in my first distance. Then I got too aggressive forward and took too big a risk."

Course designer Uliano Vezzani; "The plan was 10 clears, but I am very happy because all the horses jumped very very good. It is very important. Today was good information for me. I may change just a little before Sunday, but it is good."

Steve on the job on preparing his special horse Nino for the tasks; "I missed it a little bit. I wanted to rest Nino as much as possible after the Olympics and tried to qualify on the other horses which is not so easy, and I maybe saved Nino a little bit too much . I was riding him in some small classes in Bordeaux and 's-Hertogenbosch and I just wanted to make a little show in Lanaken. I thought it would be perfect like this, but unfortunately he wasn’t listening at all what I was asking from him and he started stopping again so then it was a little bit panic in the house and we had to change the plans. I took him to Paris, but it was no good as he was too much forward. Fortunately I had two weeks to try and make it. I started to ride him twice a day to get a little confidence and we saw yesterday that he was not perfect, but today he was really really good. Unfortunately it was maybe one day too late."

Rolf on Sunday’s class and the choice of horse; I"’m staying with my friend Quintero. He has maybe more scope than Casall has. He wants to do it clear always although he has a special way of getting over the fences."

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