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A double for Deusser in Oslo with win in the opening leg of the 2017/2018 Longines FEI World Cup Western European League

Sunday, 15 October 2017
CSI5*-W Kingsland Oslo Horse Show 2017

Photo (c) Alice Bjerke That's one big smile: Daniel Deusser and Cornet won the opening leg of the 2017/2018 Longines FEI World Cup Western European League. Photo (c) Alice Bjerke.

Yesterday he won the CSI5* Rikstoto Grand Prix with Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr Blue), today Daniel Deusser took another major victory in Oslo as he and Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I) took the top honours in the opening leg of the 2017/2018 Longines FEI World Cup Western European League.

The class had 38 riders in it, and the faults spread out over Bob Ellis’ thirteen fence track. It was especially the line from the plank at fence three down to a combination at 4a and b and another related distance to fence five that caused problems for the riders. Some riders also picked up faults in the following triple combination at fence six. In the end seven riders jumped clear, and qualified for the jump-off.

Photo (c) Alice Bjerke Runners-up, Kevin Staut and For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC. Photo (c) Alice Bjerke.

The first clear round of the day came from Sweden’s Douglas Lindelöw and Zacramento (Cardento x Cortus), earning them the task as first to go in the jump-off. The course was now shortened down to eight fences and nine jumps as the combination at 4a and b was kept for the jump-off. The track opened for several short turns and a gallop to the final fence, a Longines vertical. Lindelöw cut the turn so short towards the penultimate oxer that the back pole got a good rub on their way down. The fence stayed intact though, and the Swedish duo continued in good speed towards the final fence and cleared the course in 39,27 seconds.

Marc McAuley (IRL) was next to go riding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy 958 x Cardento 933). As Lindelöw, the Irish rider did not get the best turn to the final line causing a pole to fall on the penultimate oxer.

Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) recently made her comeback after giving birth this summer, and had qualified for the jump-off after a beautiful clear round. Riding California (L'esprit x Libero H), her winning ride from the Grand Prix Hermes in Paris in March, Tops-Alexander pushed forward and was obviously chasing Lindelöw’s time. With a much better shot at the penultimate oxer than the two riders before her, the Australian rider crossed the finish line on a clean sheet at 38,22 seconds to take over the lead.

Photo (c) Alice Bjerke. Edwina Tops-Alexander and California. Photo (c) Alice Bjerke.

European Champion Peder Fredricson (SWE), also chased a place on the podium with Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados / Sable Rose). The fences stayed intact, but their time was 0,22 seconds slower than Tops-Alexander's.

With three speed machines to go the riders in the lead were not safe, and Kevin Staut showed why he is number three in the world and always to count on in a jump-off. For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker) flew around the track finding the forward stride towards every fence. Their performance was nearly perfect, and as the clock stopped for the French combination they had shaved off 1,29 seconds on Tops-Alexander’s time.

The French joy did not last very long though. Cornet is also a very efficient horse who uses little time in the air and today the margins were on Daniel’s side. The German rider took over the lead with a difference of 0,13 second.

Bertram Allen was last to go and as always, the breaks are off when the Irish wonder boy enters the ring. Today, one pole fell at the penultimate oxer though sending him down the list to a sixth place with Izzy by Picobello (Cicero Z x Capriano) and leaving Deusser, Staut and Tops-Alexander on top of the podium.


Text © World of Showjumping // Pictures © Alice Bjerke 

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