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Friday, 20 April 2012

Philipp was (naturally) happy with both his horse and the course after his win today. Photo by Hanne Christensen. Philipp on the jump-off and deciding tactics; “The less combinations you have in the jump-off,  it does not make it easier . You have to decide what to do - be fast or secure a clear. Today I already new Marco was clear which meant I had to go fast. I got a good flow in the jump-off, and got great turns.”

Philipp also had a lot of good words to say about his horse Monte Bellini. “It’s how he is to ride. If you slow down he slows down. If you go forward he goes forward. I’m very happy that I have him. He is a really good horse. He makes his rider look good.”

Marco on his round; "I tried to put some pressure on the other two, but in the end it was not enough. Cornet is not the fastest horse, but if he still jumps like this on Sunday we could have a chance among the top five.”

Pius on today's round; “My plan was to stay clear. The most important thing is Sunday!”

Marco on the question about the results of changing horses - was it a good idea? “Yes! All three horses who were clear today did not jump yesterday!”

The course designer on the course; “We were asking for more scope today. I can live with this result.”

Philipp followed up; “If you look at the results 14 riders only had 4 faults today out of 33 starts. It was a good course. You can’t expect it to be easy when you go to the World Cup final.”

Marco on fence 11 B (a white oxer) that turned out to be a little nightmare for about 2/3 of the riders; “The distance was ok, but the color is difficult and the oxer was square and wide. But it was not unfair.”

Philipp summed up the press conference by telling everyone how happy he was to finally beat Pius; “It’s a nightmare for me to have Pius behind me. It has happened on several big shows that I have been in the lead, but then Pius has been there with Carlina or Ulysse and I have ended second!”

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