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David Will’s home win turns up the heat in Hamburg

Friday, 11 May 2018
CSI5* LGCT Hamburg 2018

Photo (c) LGCT/Stefano Grasso David Will celebrates his home win in Hamburg. Photo (c) LGCT/Stefano Grasso.

The second day of competition at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Hamburg saw a home turf win for David Will after the young German rider pulled out a stellar round with Deluxe Ilton (Cooper vd Heffinck x Heartbreaker), much to the local spectators' delight. 

Will finished exactly one second ahead of his nearest competitor Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) and Luchino (Lucciano x breeding unknown), with third going to the experienced Jur Vrieling (NED) and Davall (Zavall Vdl x Indorado) - as temperatures rose in Germany ahead of Saturday’s GCL Hamburg final and Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg.

Frank Rothenberger put together another technical course at the Derby-Park Klein Flottbeck arena, the 1.50m fences set at thoughtful distances and giving plenty of options to the international field. A long treble required plenty of control and concentration, with the light orange and white poles coming up thick and fast before a white plank to follow.

In the end, it would be 11-rider jump-off, and with €61.000 euros in prize money it would be a hot race to the finish.

Jur Vrieling and Davall opted for a steady clear, managing the course to finish in 49.49s - leaving the door open for the field to come. Quick off the mark, Sergio Alvarez Moya and the 9-year-old Luchino flew around to better the time to beat to 45.71s.

The crowd cheered as David Will and Deluxe Ilton knocked a second off Moya’s time, the 10-year-old bay gelding putting in a brave try after a stumble following the oxer. With the crowd hoping for a home win, Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Clintrexo Z blazed around the arena, the crowd gasping at every daring turn. The duo were up on time, but clipped a pole much to the crowd’s disappointment – eventually finishing fifth. 

Gregory Wathelet (BEL) shifted the competition up a gear as the LGCT Grand Prix of Shanghai winner powered around the course with MJT Nevados S (Calvados Z x Romualdo). Cutting out strides and shaving milliseconds off corners, Wathelet was up on the time and flew around the final corner to the last fence. But MJT Nevados S took a hold, missing his stride and crashed through the obstacle, dropping them out of the top three but stopping the clock fastest of all in 41.70s to end fourth. 

So the win would go to David Will, much to the delight of the crowd. The result was the prefect prelude to tomorrow’s GCL Hamburg final and the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg, which kick off at 12:15 and 15:45 respectively.


Source: Press release from the LGCT // Picture © LGCT/Stefano Grasso

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