Richard Spooner and Cristallo (Caretino x Cicero) won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix on Thursday evening at the CSI5* show in Geneva. Seventeen riders made it to the jump-off in the 1-55 class, but only sixteen turned up again as Carsten-Otto Nagel chose not to ride Corradina (Corrado x Sandro) the second time around.
For a long time there were no clears in the jump-off. Rider number eight - Harrie Smolders on Exquis Walnut de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) - was the first one to clear the jump-off track. The riders before Smolders all had faults, such as the unlucky Reed Kessler who had the last fence down, and Rodrigo Pessoa and Werner Muff who both had the first fence down. The most drama was caused by Christian Ahlmann though, who fell off after a short turn and a misunderstanding between him and Codex One (Contendro X Glueckspilz).
Gregory Wathelet and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z (Canabis Z x Feinschnitt I Z) were the next ones to clear the course, and the Belgian rider slotted in to second place until Richard Spooner and Cristallo took over the lead on 37.42 seconds pushing Harrie down to second and Gregory to third. Marco Kutscher with Spartacus TN (Stakkato x Grannus) took over the second place on 37.64 seconds.
It was a good day for Richard Spooner; he also ended second in the 1.45 class earlier in the day on speed machine Billy Bianca (Vectha x Iroko) - a class that was won by Rodrigo Pessoa on HH Let's Fly (Lordanos x Forrest).
1. Richard Spooner - Cristallo
2. Marco Kutscher - Spartacus TN
3. Harrie Smolders - Exquis Walnut de Muze
4. Gregory Wathelet - Citizenguard Cadjanine Z
5. Edwina Tops-Alexander - Ego van Orti
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