The first World Cup of the season was held today in Oslo and the big winner was Swiss Brian Balsiger with Dubai Du Bois Bench (by Kashmir van Schutershof) who needed 41.38 seconds in the jump to earn the €50,000 premium. Surprisingly, Viktoria Jolixen was in second place, riding in front of the host crowd, who stayed clear again in the jump with Equine America Papa Roach (by Perigueux), but took almost 2.5 seconds more than the winner. Eoin McMahon finished third with Chakra (by Casall).
Bart Lips with Hurricane DD (by Falaise de Muze) has been steadily working his way up for a while and the ease with which only 10-year-old KWPN jumps from that altitude sends a positive signal to the National Coach because with the Exit Remo (by San Remo) gone and Fyolieta (by Carambole) New Promises is a welcome gift. Lips rode into a firm lap and had no luck making a mistake at the start of the course. But as is often the case, luck and bad luck usually balance out because Lips was fortunate in the sharp jump because she stayed there where the hurricane gave her good conversation. All in all a good performance from this mix.
Van der Vleuten and Smulders
Elwikke (by Eldorado van de Zeshoek) owned by Maikel van der Vleuten actually jumped a good round, although the eight penalty points indicate otherwise. Outside the obstacle where I made mistakes, I calmly jumped above the rest. However, the result was disappointing because nobility is simply mandatory and top players like Van der Vleuten are expected to perform again and again, but of course it’s not that easy. Same goes for Harrie Smolders and Uricas van de Kattevennen (by Uriko) but they also couldn’t break any bets and ended up with eight penalty points outside of points and prizes.
The first to start was the Irishman Ewen McMahon who has a wonderful horse in the Casal Chakra descendant who is cautious and easy to steer. His time of 46.13 seconds looked decent at first glance, but for now he’s taking the lead with this ride. After him came Francesco Turturiello with Made in ‘t Ruytershof (by Norton d’Eole) but he could forget a high ranking after the two slow-time errors.
Gregory Wathelet with Clarity (by Clarimo) couldn’t improve McMahon’s result with his eight penalty points in 42.94 seconds.
Bryan Balsiger with Dubai du Bois Pinchet (by Kashmir van ‘t Schuttershof) jumped in the first round exceptionally well and was no different in jumping. In a very sharp jump he stopped the time at 41.38 seconds and it would be difficult to match that result let alone improve.
Alessandra Reich rode a jump with Loyd (by Zacharov TN) by knockout twice and ended up off the podium. Daniel Deuser on the back of a Killer Queen VDM (by Eldorado van de Zeshoek) is a danger to anyone in the lead and was on schedule until the double downhill but his mare slipped and took a lead error and drove calmly home. His time of 42.76 showed that he probably would have done it had he not gotten this error.
Victoria Gulliksen Equine America Papa Roach (by Perigueux) did what she could for her audience and the result was fantastic. You can’t expect her to beat Ballsinger’s time, but a second place finish would be a great result for her.
Lars Kersten chose to keep two clean sheets with Emmerton (by Silvio I) at the cost of fast time. However, the obvious double run the pair showed was a great performance and netted a large number of World Cup points.
Gudrun Petite did what we’re used to with Sea Coast Guinness (by Nabab de Reve) but it wasn’t easy and with eight penalty points she finished ninth.
Marie Valdar Longem gave her business card with the Echo de Virton (by Vagebond de la Pomme), because her big chestnut was probably the reveal of this competition. Also in the jump, the 12-year-old jumped over it as if it were garden gates. Fifth place was her wages.
Philip Weishaupt was the last to try with 8-year-old Zinedine (by Zinedine), but the mistake was made early and Seger celebrated with his victory ceremony.