Switzerland’s Janika Sprunger and Uptown Boy (Odermus R x Joost) won yesterday’s qualification for the first leg of the DKB-Riders Tour in Hagen. The four star 1.50 class had 57 riders in it, and there were six double clear rounds. The super fast Swiss rider had a time of 35.53 seconds in the jump-off, with Albert Zoer coming closest at 36.07 seconds aboard Sam (Calvados x Ahorn Z). Home rider Jan Wernke was the best German in the class, and ended third on Queen Mary 10 (Contendro I x Caretino).
25 year old Janika was grateful about Uptown Boy’s cleverness after the class after the gelding did some good jumping over the final oxer. "There was a little misunderstanding on the penultimate fence, as we didn’t get a perfect stride so the distance to the last oxer wasn’t ideal. But Uptown Boy solved it himself,” said a happy Janika. The daughter of the former Swiss top rider Hansueli Sprunger is after her win yesterday the last rider out in the Grand Prix on Sunday; "I'll watch some of the riders go, but in any case Marcus Ehning," revealed Janika.