In Drammen it was an Italian victory in the four star Norway Grand Prix presented by Oxer with Juan Carlos Garcia on top. Garcia rode the 11 year old gelding Bonzai van de Warande (Nonstop x Feinschnitt), and the two had one of the three double clear rounds in the class. The Italian rider’s time was by far the fastest though; at 39.92 second, Garcia had 1.51 seconds down to runner-up Rutherford Latham from Spain on Nectar du Plessis (Carnute x Rosire). The home crowds also got something to cheer for as Morten Djupvik ended third on Valle Blanc (Indoctro x Peter Pan). Morten might even have taken at least second place had he not thought he took down the last fence and therefore "stopped" to look back before he had crossed the finish line. The Grand Prix brought a bit more excitement than yesterday’s Nations Cup, with more challenges and less clears – followed by a fast jump-off.
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Roger Yves Bost took a popular home win in the Grand Prix Tropicana in Fontainebleau, France. Aboard Nippon d’Elle (Scherif d’Elle x Narcos II) Bosty had one of only two clears among the almost fifty riders in the first round. In the second round he recorded a very uncharacteristic time penalty, but after Bosty’s demonstration the first time around it was good enough to take the win home. Belgium’s Jerome Guery ended second on Waldo (Darco x Satgon), ahead of French rider Franck Schillewaert on Marquis de la Lande *HDC (Quito de Baussy x Starter) in third. The two latter riders both had four faults in the first round, and were clear in the second.
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The Grand Prix of Spangenberg went to Christian Ahlmann. Christian rode the 11 year old Askari-gelding Aragon, and had one of the four clear rounds in the jump-off – but was by far the fastest one with a time of 37.74. Then followed Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on Cantano (Cascavelle x Accord II) on 39.60, ahead of Thomas Voss on Carinjo (Cascavelle x Landgraf I) and Janne-Friedrike Meyer on Holiday by Solitur (Contendro x Cascavelle) – both the latter also double clear. A pattern in the top four was definitely the stallion Cascavelle; also father to the famous Carlo.
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