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Ales Opatrny winner of the Falsterbo Derby

Saturday, 09 July 2016
CSIO5* Falsterbo 2016

Ales Opatrny and Acovaro over the 'Öresundsbron'. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Ales Opatrny and Acovaro over the 'Öresundsbron'. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Ales Opatrny won the Falsterbo Derby Saturday riding the ten-year-old gelding, Acovaro (Acodetto I x Calvaro). Both Opatrny and Shane Sweetnam were clear after the first round and the win had to be determined by a jump-off. Opatrny was first to go, but got four faults making Sweetnam trying to make a safe clear round with with Cyklon (Cardento x Cortus). Unfortunatley Sweetnam got a fence as well and although he finished the jump-off in a much higher speed it was too late and he had to settle for second place. Sweetnam and Cyklon can look back at a successful weekend though, bringing home two victories and one second place.

The fastest four-faulter in the first round was Romain Duguet with Sherazade du Gevaudan (Tinka's Boy x Iago C) to finish third, followed by Darragh Kenny with Zahra II (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Furore) and Billy Twomey with Diaghilev (Vangelis-S x Handstreich). For a long time it looked like Twomey, the 2016 winner of the Hamburg Derby would join the jump-off, but the very last fence fell and the disappointment was huge.

"I used to ride eventing which is a good experience for derby classes, but I haven't practiced anything ahead of this derby since I decided to start yesterday. Acovaro is one of my best horses and he is normally doing nations cups, but this weekend I wanted to try out my other horse in the nations cup so that is why I could start Acovaro in the derby. If I get invited back for next year I will of course ride the derby again," Opatrny said with the help of a translator after the victory.

Text and photo (c) World of Showjumping / Jenny Abrahamsson.

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