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Wathelet wins the Spillers Jump Off

Friday, 14 October 2011

Gregory Wathelet and Kronos d'Ouilly won in Oslo today. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Click here for full results from the Spillers Jump Off class.

A strong field of riders could not match Gregory Wathelet in today’s 1.50 class in Oslo; the Belgian rider was simply in a league of his own with Kronos d’Ouilly (Uzelien x Graphit). The first round track saw fifteen of the 54 riders in the class proceeding to the jump-off, while ten of the riders had time faults.

One of the time-faulters need to be mentioned; Jos Lansink’s ride Prestige de Lannay (Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel) is an eight year old stallion to watch out for – what a jump!

After having the first clear in the class Marcus Ehning and Sabrina opened the jump-off, but had a vertical down towards the end of the shortened course. Edwina Tops-Alexander was second to go on Maikel van der Vleuten’s former ride Vleut (Quick Star x Cantus) – a horse that suits the Australian rider really well. Unfortunately Edwina had two down, followed by home rider Tony Andre Hansen who had on pole down.

Ben Maher rode two impressive rounds on Tackeray.Gregory Wathelet was next, and really tightened every turn on the French stallion. The time was good; 37.46 – and Gregory put pressure on the following riders. No one could catch him though – several tried but had fences down. Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf II) continued their good form and came close though – they ended up fifth. Nina Braaten put on a show for the home crowds, but was still over three seconds behind Wathelet and ended up fourth.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson came the closest though and crossed the finish line on 38.48 on Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I), leaving them in runner-up position. Ben Maher secured third after giving an impressive ride on Billy Twomey’s former ride Tackeray (Quick Star x Sandro).

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