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Ireland and Great Britain dominate in the first derby qualification in Hamburg

Thursday, 10 May 2018
CSI4* Hamburg 2018

Photo (c) Stefan Lafrentz. Dermott Lennon und Galvins Touch. Photo (c) Stefan Lafrentz.

Dermott Lennon (IRL) won the first 1,45m derby qualification in Hamburg on Wednesday, riding Gelvins Touch (Touchdown x Diamond Lad). “My daughter Tara told me to win a class in Hamburg, since I haven’t won that much this year,” Lennon told about his motivation.

“He made it all very easy and had no problems what so ever,” Lennon said about Gelvins Touch – a 12-year-old Irish stallion.

Second place went to Matthew Sampson (GBR) with the 12-year-old mare Gloria van Zuuthoeve (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Glorieux). Sampson is making his debut at the Hamburg Derby and decided to ride after seeing a video of from the famous event; “I saw all the people being there and you could really feel the atmosphere – unbelievable.”

Third place went to Holly Smith (GBR) with Quality Old Joker (O.B.O.S Quality 004 x Slyguff Joker). “He is a huge and very calm horse – not a lady horse at all, but I trust him totally,” Smith said.

A total of 77 horse-and-rider combinations jumped in the first qualification. The second qualification takes place on Friday with the Derby itself being jumped on Sunday. 

Source: Press release from DKB-Riders Tour // Photo © Stefan Lafrentz

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