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Quotes after the Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam

Sunday, 23 June 2013

A very happy Philipp at the press conference following his win. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Philipp Weishaupt; "This whole weekend went like a dream, it couldn't have been any better. We started in the Nations Cup with a double clear round and my horse jumped unbelievable. He was double clear in the Nations Cup last year as well, so he really must like Rotterdam. Yesterday he had an easy day and today he felt like he was in a good shape. In the jump-off it for sure made a big difference that I started last, I saw Bosty go and I knew I had to risk it. Everything went fantastic; Monte Bellini gave everything and in the end we were the winners."

Runner-up Roger Yves Bost; "It was a very good jump-off, but there were a lot of turns which is not so easy for me. My mare (Myrtille Paulois) is very fast, but not always so easy to turn."

Third placed Kevin Staut; "I think we had a good sport with some fantastic rounds and good courses all week. Already in the Nations Cup the course builder was playing with a few technical difficulties with the time allowed. He (Louis Konickx) asks the horses and the riders to be in a rhythm to jump courses like this."

Jeroen Dubbeldam - the best Dutch rider in the Grand Prix: "She (Utascha SFN) is in real good shape. On Friday in the qualification she already gave me a fantastic feeling. Today in the first round she jumped fantastic again, she gave a hundred percent for me today so I'm very pleased with her. In the jump-off I did try to win the class, but I didn't succeed. I rode fast but the whole round I had two strides more than all the rest. Between one and two I had seven strides where these guys did six, and that was my plan from the beginning. And to the last fence I had one stride too much, I could have taken the first distance but somehow I didn't see it so I took the second one. That's why I'm fifth and they were faster than me, but I'm very, very happy!"

Philipp about the short time allowed; "For sure it depends on what horse you are riding, if you are riding a very slow horse it is for sure a little bit harder. But the sport has changed, and the horses are getting a bit more modern and faster and with more blood. The course builder has two options; to build unbeliveably high and make it very tricky - but then you don't see so nice rounds and you see one or more crashes maybe. The course was build very fair and the time allowed was for sure very difficult to get in the Nations Cup and also today in the Grand Prix, but I think in two or three years this time allowed will be normal because the sport is changing. It was a very modern way of building the courses.

Philipp got the question if he was surprised that Monte Bellini was so fast: "Yes! He turns really good, normally he has a bit of a problem when the jump-off gets flat and full speed - that is more Bosty's specialty. But my horse turns quick. When I see Bosty second, Silvana third, Cedric fourth and Utascha fifth - if someone told me before the class that Monte Bellini would be faster than all of them I wouldn't believe it."

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