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Quotes after the last World Cup leg in Gothenburg

Sunday, 26 February 2012

An unexpected win for Marco in Satisfaction's WC-debut. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marco Kutscher on his winning horse Satisfaction ; “ It was my first World Cup with this horse. When I saw the course today I thought it maybe wasn’t the best idea  [to ride]. It was a big class for this horse. He gives me a fantastic feeling and is really fighting for me. He might not have the best scope, but he fights for me. I have been riding him for 3/4 of a year. We had some problems together at first - he didn’t trust me and I nearly couldn’t finish a 1.40 class. It has gotten better and better and it started feeling really good before Christmas. Still I did not expect this victory today. I have to thank my girlfriend Eva Bitter who rode him before me and gave him the ability to jump at this level.”

Marco on the question if Ludger gave him any advice before his round; “No! But he is always really supportive.”

Ludo Philippaerts; “I had to be in the top. It was a very big course today, but my horse jumped really good and fought for me. I am really pleased to be second. The last line was difficult for me. I planned on doing four strides down, but then everybody did five which was really really short for me and I got almost 4 1/2 strides instead. I was very happy at the end.”

Kevin Staut on the last qualifier and his horse Le Prestige St Lois de Hus; “This was the most difficult leg of the season. Prestige has just come back from holiday, but still  he was nearly two seconds faster than the winner today. He felt happy in his body and was nearly in control for him. “

Kevin on which horse he will bring to the final in April; “I will bring Silvana to the final I think. She has been jumping really well and has experience enough to not go too many shows before the final. I will jump her in Paris and then go to the final.”

Angelica Augustsson - last year’s winner in Gothenburg and today's number 6; “I really wanted to be clear today. At first I was not so happy, but if I think a year back I would have been very happy with a 6th place. It is really good to end up as number 6 in a World Cup class. It was so big today, but once again my horse jumps her best and I am very happy with her.”

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