On the second day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final WoSJ brings you Dutch Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehren's expert comment on the final.
On the course and the class; “It’s always a wrong thing to say that the class was easy, but the class was not really technical. It was a class where the course went really well; it was an easy going class. It was not some tricky things anywhere, when we walked it the course was massive and big – the verticals were high enough – but it was not technical. The time was not a critical thing either. You saw all this in the end – because we have good riders here – and we had fifteen clear rounds. But I think it’s good for the sport, and it was a good jump-off. After yesterday I expected something more technical today, something more difficult – and maybe seven to eight clears instead of fifteen. For the audience it was great though!
On the jump-off; “The jump-off was nice, it was tricky. I was at the warm-up with Marc, and I said maybe there is a possibility that you can go in between to the FEI vertical – but nobody in the beginning did it. It’s good when you have people here – friends – as we had today, as Piet watched the class and came down to say Ludo and Steve did this turn. Those are little details that can be managed in a team, which is really nice.”
About Sunday's final rounds; “I’m really curious now as to what he will do on Sunday. He has to make it tough. It can’t be that it’s not technical, and only high and wide. I know Uliano really well, so it will come. What I think is really positive is that he keeps up the sport, and he doesn’t kill the horses. He will maybe make a couple of details a little more difficult on Sunday.”
On favorites for the title; “Marc is of course my favorite, he did a marvelous job today and also because he comes from my team. But it all depends on what Uliano is going to put in the arena on Sunday, we have to see what he brings. There are several combinations that are in good shape, so we will see!”
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