Wout-Jan van der Schans took a well deserved win with Eurocommerce Sacramento (Leendert x Corlando) in Saturday’s Sprehe Gold Cup in Munich. The class had no less than 58 riders to start. Nine of them retired during the course that caused some problems. It was especially fence eleven, the Sprehe-oxer, that proved to be a bit tricky. The oxer was placed right towards the exit, and some riders looked like they would not be able to make the quick turn that followed, but almost ended up in the warm-up instead.
German rider David Will was first to go in the jump-off that consisted of the ten clear riders from the first round. The young talent had a good and fast round, but one fence came down after a tight turn to the second last fence, a vertical. Next to go was Gert-Jan Bruggink and Primeval What Exclusive (Indoctro x Mermus). The two were clear and crossed the finish line at 39.90.
Jürgen Kraus then had two poles down before Marc Houtzager took the lead with Sterrehof’s Uppity (Guidam x Epilot) after a really tight turn to the second last fence. The clock stopped at 39.37. His lead didn’t last very long though as John Whitaker entered the arena aboard Dazzle II (Kannan x Cavalier Royale). Whitaker sat off in a high tempo. Combined with tight turns and Dazzle’s big strides, they took the new lead at 38 seconds to the crowd's wild excitement - the legend is as popular as ever.
Nisse Lüneburg followed with two poles down, while Florian Meyer zu Hartum and Cornet's Cristallo had a clear round, but couldn’t beat Whitaker’s time. The time 39.24 still gave the German rider and his wonderful eight year old Cornet Obolensky son a second place so far. Then followed Wout-Jan van der Schans. His round was nearly perfect. It did not look like he had a chance to beat Whitaker, but as he crossed the finish line he had shaved off over a second of Whitaker’s time. Pius Schwizer had the fastest round of the day, but that didn’t help him much as the second last fence unfortunately fell.
The last rider to go Franz-Josef Dahlmann had a pole down already at the third fence and could therefore do nothing to prevent a Dutch victory.
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