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Quotes after the Longines Global Champions Tour in Hamburg

Saturday, 11 May 2013

The top three celebrating in Hamburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann missed the car on Thursday, but won the watch today: "It felt fantastic! I have had a great day today, and Codex One did an amazing job. In all three rounds he really showed everyone exactly how special he is. I took a lot of risks in the jump-off where I was lucky enough to be in a position that allowed me to watch some of the riders before me, so I knew I had to take risks to win."

Christian explained that he will try to compete in most of the GCT legs this season, but that he wasn't in Madrid for the first leg; "Hamburg is an important show for me, and it is a home show for my sponsor. So I took last week off from shows to be able to prepare for this weekend and luckily it paid off."

Daniel Deusser made it a double for Germany when he ended second; "I was second to go in the jump-off and did everything I could at that moment. I really did my best and today I was not fast enough. But I'm a very happy ending second. I will now do the GCT in Wiesbaden next weekend, and then we will see about the rest of the season. I do have two horses that can do the Grand Prix classes, but I'm 44 at the Longines World Ranking at the moment so I have to do better and climb to secure a place in the GCT competitions."

Half of Cornet d'Amour was bought by Double H Farm a short time ago to secure him for Daniel, who said this of the stallion: "The idea is to keep him in the sport with me for the next 1,5 years. I have been riding him for about ten months now and in the beginning I jumped some 1,40 - 1,45 classes on him. He has just been doing these kind of classes for a couple of months, and today was the first time ever that he jumped three rounds. He is only ten and a really great horse with a good caracter, a lot of scope and he is also careful."

Roger Yves Bost ended third and he was also pleased with his horse Nippon d'Elle: "My horse is fast and I tried to do my best. Nippon d'Elle jumped really good today. Next weekend I won't be in Wiesbaden for the GCT as it is the Nations Cup in La Baule. But I will go to London and most of the other legs."

Pius Schwizer is now in the lead of the overall standings after ending 8th in Madrid on Powerplay and now 10th with Verdi III. "There were really good riders here, and my horse jumped good today but let himself be affected by the suroundings in the second round so that is why the fence fell. But I'm really satisfied, and Christian did the three best rounds today so he deserved the win. Next weekend I will be in La Baule to ride for the Swiss team, and then London will be my next GCT leg."

At the end of the press conference a contract was signed between Jan Tops and the Hamburg show to secure that the GCT will take place in Hamburg until 2018.

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