Hosting the last leg of the Rolex FEI Western European league, Den Bosch looks set to be a real thriller of a show. Although many riders already are comfortably within the point-zone needed to reach the final in Gothenburg, there are still some that will have to battle it out in Holland the coming weekend. Usually it takes about 40 points to get to the final, but there is a point-intimacy between the riders at rank 16 to 21 that makes the final stage a little bit more exciting than your average last World Cup leg. Home rider Marc Houtzager is rank 16 on 41 points, while Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson is next on the list at 40 points. Ranked as number 18 before Den Bosch, Edwina Tops-Alexander is currently the last rider qualified for the final.
But – with Dutch riders Gerco Schröder, Jeroen Dubbeldam and Maikel van der Vleuten breathing them in the neck at 36, 35 and 33 points – it will be a close race, and with the home crowds cheering them on Malin and Edwina better look out as it’s only seven points separating Malin and Maikel. With a good result, Gerco, Jeroen and Maikel all have the possibility to climb upwards and reach the final. They all bring top horses too!
The seemingly impossible has been done before; in 2011 Denis Lynch looked set to miss the final with his then 27 points. But, in the last qualifier in Den Bosch the Irish rider gave his all on Abbervail van het Dingeshof – rode to a win as well as 20 points which got him to the final. So for those who wonder what they have to do in Den Bosch, take a look at Denis Lynch’s performance below.
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