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Rozier takes it all; wins the Göteborg Trophy Grand Prix!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Phillippe Rozier and Randgraaf. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. It was definitely Philippe Rozier’s day in Gothenburg when he took the Göteborg Trophy Grand Prix Saturday evening aboard Randgraaf (Burggraaf x Renville).

The course was a tough one, and a tricky line from a vertical at fence nine with four strides to an oxer at fence ten – as well as the last line with a related distance on either five or six strides (23 meters) from a triple bar to a combination - caused trouble for many of the riders. Seven of the 43 riders ended up with clear rounds. A few cameras created trouble for some of the riders and their sensible horses; including Marcus Ehning/Noltes Kühengirl and Luciana Diniz/As Taro.

The first clear of the day came from Swedish rider Alexander Zetterman aboard High Yummy. Actually Alexander got two time faults at first, but the maximum time allowed was later adjusted as the three first riders all had time faults. It was a beautiful round from the young and talented rider.

Runner-up; Angelica Augustsson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The next clear came from Ireland’s top rider Billy Twomey aboard J’Taime Flamenco, who made it all look like a walk in the park with Billy’s excellent riding. There would be 23 riders that entered the ring before another clear came, this time from Ludger Beerbaum and the stallion Couleur Rubin. Then followed home crowd favorite Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Casall La Silla, who jumped sky high around the course – making the roof lift by the crowd’s applause. One surprise was maybe Julio Arias clear round on Victory DA, who secured them a place in the jump-off. The extremely stylish and talented Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson also rode a beautiful clear round aboard Walter 61, marking herself as a true promise for the future of Swedish showjumping. The last clear of the day came from France’s Philippe Rozier on Randgraf, placing himself in a very good position in the jump-off.

The jump-off opened for tight turns and a gallop to the last oxer, and the fences were reduced to seven which included a combination. Alexander Zetterman was first to go and sticked to his plan of going reasonably fast but still opt for a clear round. He crossed the finish line with a clean sheet and the time 39.41 – looking like the happiest man of the day as the crowds went crazy. Billy Twomey set off on J’Taime Flamenco, racing down to the last oxer. Unfortunately they had the fence down, but their time was the best of the day on 33.87. Ludger and Couleur Rubin then took the lead with a clear round and a time of 36.90, but his time looked beatable. Rolf then came in, and it looked like he would go for it – but unfortunately Casall had the third fence down. Julio Arais also had a fence down as the next rider to go. Angelica Augustsson and Walter 61 were next to go; the Swedish girl being the only female rider in the jump-off. She rode a beautiful a fast clear round, and took over the lead on 36.37. With Philippe Rozier as the last to go on Randgraaf it didn’t last though – he raced around the course on 35.63 as his usual speedy self, securing his second win of the day.

“I had a chance as the last to go in the jump-off, and as I saw that Angelica took a wider turn to the combination without losing much time I did the same. My horse is not that easy to turn. It was just my day,” Rozier said.

 “I didn’t expect this – I wouldn’t dream of this. My horse really fought for every jump,” German-based Angelica Augustsson said about her runner-up position.

Alexander Zetterman and High Yummy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. “The way I rode today I didn’t deserve to win,” said Ludger who took the third place. “The horse jumped really well and the course was a perfect Saturday night Grand Prix course,” the German rider continued. Of Angelica and Alexander Ludger said “It’s charming that they are so happy, but it is no surprise to me that Angelica came second – she is a pleasure to watch”.

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