Germay and Brazil have for years dominated the soccer world between them but today, on home territory, a Brazilian took a major prize from Germany in a sport where the latter have had no equal for years. Although their riders were knocked off their World and Olympic show-jumping pedestal recently, they are still the ones to beat in this sport, especially on home soil. But with 18'000 spectators willing it otherwise, Bernardo Alves did just that.
Today's GCT Grand Prix was worth a cool 95'000 Euro to the winner and 48 riders from 14 countries had arrived in Hamburg to bid for prize. The first round course produced a healthy 17 clears who included Albert Zoer on a back to his best Oki Doki, Jos Lansink, Ireland's Denis Lynch and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum on Shutterfly.
The combination in the second round proved the real bogey fence and it ended the challenge all of those named above, except Meredith who was clear over the jumps at least. However to the astonishment of the watching crowd the clock stopped showing a time penalty next to their favourite's name.
Bernado was the second to jump and therefore the first to get a double clear, leaving him in the unenviable position of having to lead off in the third, against the clock jump off round when former German national champion Carsten-Otto Nagel joined him on the in form Corradina. Yesterday's French winner Roger Yves Bost matched them with Ideal de la Loge and the third round line up was completed when Billy Burr and William Funnel joined them for Great Britain.
When the clock stopped Chupa Chup was clear in 51.05, and when Carsten could not quite catch him, Roger had one rail and William two, a momentous upset had occurred. “I think this has been very great sport today, and it has been a privilege to see it and even if we did not have a German winner, we are still happy for Bernado, he rode super” said a member of the German press team later.
The Global Champions Tour moves onto Cannes, France next and details can be found on www.globalchampionstour.com.
In other classes, Ireland's Shane Breen won the Speed Derby on his speed class specialist Royal Concord. Shane is based in England at Hickstead and has also won the Speed Derby there on this horse in 2008 as well as being placed several times previously. "I have been here before, with Royal Concord, and we were 5th and I like coming here not only because of it's similarity to home but also because it is so nice here. The facilities especially for the horses are great. it is of course nice to win as well though. Shane will be competing in France next week and then will head back to the UK to prepare for a defence of his Hickstead title.The Deutsches Spring Show culminates tomorow with the Hamburg Derby. Details may be found on www.engarde.de.
GCT GRAND PRIX
1. Bernardo Alves, Chupa Chup 0 faults 51.05
2. Carsten-Otto Nagal, Corradina 0 faults 51.25
3. Roger Yves Bost, Ideal de la Loge 4 faults 52.08
4. William Funnell, Billy Birr 8 faults 50.16
HAMBURG SPEED DERBY
1. Shane Breen, Royal Concorde 92.60secs
2. Thomas Kleis , Cousteau 97.89
3. Ben Mayer, Akosie du Wonderland 97.99
Bernardo Alves- “I have had Chupa Chup about four years, he was called this when I got him and we wanted to change his name at first because those words mean something not so good in Brazilian. It is perhaps lucky we did not. And today it is always difficult being first in the jump off but I thought I had done enough for second at least. Winning is of course better, because I really want to go to the Final in Doha and maybe now I have enough points. It is my first visit to Hamburg and everything has been the best, the arena, the stables for the horses, I will come again.”
Carsten-Otto Nagel- “ Corradina is super consistent, she has been placed in Aach, Barcelona and Frankfurt, this is her best result. It has taken me a long time to find another horse good enough to reach this level and she is very very good.”
Roger Yves Bost-” This is my first time in Hamburg, I have also enjoyed it very much. Perhaps I could have gone a bit faster at the beginning of the jump offf course but when we made a mistake, the time did not matter anyway, and this is still great for me.”
William Funnell- “Yes, I would have preferred to have won but this is a very good result for the horse. He is home bred and we always knew he would be a good horse. I hope this puts us in contention at least for the European Championships.”
Bernado Alves and Chupa Chup
Photo by Cymon Taylor
Shane Breen and Royal Concorde
Photo by Lulu Kyriacou
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