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Quotes from the Gucci Grand Prix

Sunday, 02 December 2012

Marc Houtzager and Tamino celebrating their Gucci Grand Prix victory. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marc Houtzager on today’s win compared to the rest of his good results this season; “My victory today was very good. After the Olympics with the silver medal this was the biggest win for me this year.”

 

Runner-up Denis Lynch said this on today’s performance; “Unlike Marc I haven’t had a very good year so I really had to concentrate, so I watched a few and got to know the course a little better and luckily I finished up second!”

Marc on the question if he will compete at the Masters in Hong Kong in March; “I have to make a plan for next year, but normally we will go there. I was in the Olympic Games in Hong Kong four years ago. I didn’t do too badly then with a seventh place so I have to try to go next year again.”

Marc on the triple combination that caught 25 of the riders in today’s class; “The triple was at the end of the course and the horses were maybe a little bit tired in the end and they had to rush into the corner so they would back off a little bit by the tribune there. I don’t know the key, but you also had to be a little bit lucky and you needed for sure a good horse.”

 

Doda on the key to make the triple; “I think the key was to not come in too long. It was important to come in a little bit holding towards the oxer. Like Marc said we needed a very good horse and we had it.” Doda was very happy with a great show in Paris, and was happy that he was able to perform so well as the last couple of weeks have been difficult due to Athina’s [his wife] accident.

Denis on the question if he agreed with Marc and Doda regarding the triple; “Yeah, you just make sure your horse is jumping high enough.”

All the riders credited the organization on a very good and well organized show. Doda also said he was impressed about how the organizers had been able to improve the quality from last year as it was a very good show already then. At the press conference the organizers were also very happy with the show in Paris. It has been an amazing atmosphere and great sport has been performed. The organizers will now try to bring their concept to New York and Hong Kong as both cities are scheduled to host their own Masters next year.

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