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Superligan Hickstead: Daniel Zetterman GP-elva

Daniel Zetterman - Glory Days, 4 fel i GP/1,45. Daniel Zetterman - Glory Days, svenskbäst i Hicksteads GP. FOTO: Göran K Josefsson

Resultat och startlistor.
FEI-TV (betalkanal).
Onlineresultat (klicka på Live scoring under Hickstead).

Söndag:
* Danel Zetterman - Glory Days svenskbäst som elva på 4 fel i söndagens Grand Prix, Douglas Lindelöw - Udermus tolva. Holländaren Hendri-Jan Schuttert - Cerona vann.
* Helena Persson - Chamonix rev ett hinder och utbröt sedan. Linda Heeds Bee Wonderful fick en utbrytning på vattnet, rev och utgick.
* Angelie von Essen - Catinka sexa i ackumulatorhoppningen.

Fredag:
* Superligan omg 2:
Slutställning:
1) Irland 4, 2) Frankrike 8, 3) Tyskland 12, 4) Storbritannien 20, 5) Sverige, Belgien 24, 7) Nederländerna 28,  8) Schweiz 40.
* Douglas Lindelöw - Udermus 0
* Angelie von Essen - Carrento Ztar 8
* Daniel Zetterman  Glory Days 0
* Helena Persson  Chamonix 8

* Superligan omg 1:
Svenska ryttare:
* Douglas Lindelöw - Udermus 4
* Angelie von Essen - Carrento Ztar 4
* Daniel Zetterman  Glory Days 8
* Helena Persson  Chamonix 8

Ställning efter Hickstead:
1) Tyskland 47
2) Frankrike 37
3) Storbritannien 32
4) Schweiz, Sverige 31,5
6) Nederländerna 29,5
7) Irland 29
8) Belgien 28,5

Från SvRF:

Sverige fick en perfekt start i andra omgången genom Douglas Lindelöw och Udermus som satte en felfri ritt över den stora banan.
- Douglas gjorde det väldigt, väldigt bra. Fortsätter han att utveckla Udermus på det här sättet så ser det riktigt lovande ut för framtiden, säger Sylve.

Tyvärr fick Angelie von Essen och Carrento Ztar 8 fel. Men Daniel Zetterman och Glory Days återställde snabbt ordningen med den andra felfria ritten för Sverige.
- Daniel gjorde en jättebra runda. Angelie "Hallon" har inte ridit i lag på många år så det var också väldigt bra, berömmer Sylve.

Helena Persson på Chamonix H var sist ut och drog på sig 8 fel. Sverige kunde ändå behålla den delade femteplatsen från första omgången. Det innebär nya värdefulla poäng och en delad fjärdeplats totalt när en omgång återstår, i Dublin den 17 augusti.
- Det är oerhört tätt bakom länderna i toppen. Det blir en spännande avslutning på ligan, spår Sylve.

Från FEI:
The Irish produced the shock of the season when beating crack sides from Germany and France to win the seventh leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 series at Hickstead (GBR) this afternoon. 

Trailing at the bottom of the league table after an inconsistent run that included a miserable last-place finish in Falsterbo, Sweden just seven days' ago, Robert Splaine's side appeared to have it all to do in this penultimate round of the eight-leg tournament. But they came out with all guns blazing to finish with just four faults for a definitive victory over the French who completed with eight, while Germany slotted into third with 12.  The host nation lined up fourth when collecting a total of 20 faults, and Sweden and Belgium shared fifth with 24 apiece.  A first-round total of 20 put paid to Dutch chances and they concluded the day with 28 faults on the board for second-last spot ahead of the Swiss, whose 40-fault result left them last by a long margin.

As always, the Hickstead fences took their toll, but faults were spread all around the track set by Great Britain’s Bob Ellis - the man who will build the courses for the forthcoming London Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. 

In the opening round, the formidable open water, located early on the track at fence 4, took its toll, and the line of fences that included a triple bar to a double of verticals followed by a big, square oxer also proved influential.  But it was the double at fence three that was a major trouble-spot in the second round, claiming three of the French amongst its many victims. 

Zero Scores

The teams that eventually filled the top three spots all completed round one on a zero score, with the British next best carrying eight.  Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland were all on level pegging with 16 on the board, while the Dutch were lying last with 20 when the only clear for Rob Ehrens’ side came from anchorman Albert Voorn (Tobalio).

It seemed possible that the Irish would be overwhelmed by the quality of their rivals second time out.  After all the French side included Olympians Leprevost (Topinambour) and Kevin Staut (Reveur de Hutebise) along with the very-much-on-form Eugenie Angot (Old Chap Tame) and Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitages Boy).  And the German side was just as intimidating, with Philipp Weishaupt (Catoki) joined by Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara) and Marco Kutscher (Cornet Obolensky) along with Holger Wulschner (Cefalo).  But that wasn’t going to make an impression on the boys in green.

Splaine had selected four riders with a real hunger to prove their worth.  And although Shane Breen double-faulted second time out with Cos I Can, Richie Moloney produced one of only two double-clears on the day from the 10 year old Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve before Darragh Kerins picked up just four faults with Lisona to keep the pressure on the French.  German chances faded with single second-round errors from both Weishaupt and Beerbaum, and when the anchor partnership of Kutchser and his grey stallion hit the very last fence then that had to be counted in order to drop the 12 collected by Wulschner at his second attempt, so their chances were gone.

It was the superb second round clear from Clem McMahon that clinched it for the winning side, the Irishman refusing to be discouraged by the decision to retire Pacino after three fences down in the first round, and returning to show just how good this relatively inexperienced eight-year-old stallion can be.  French pathfinder Angot produced the second of the double-clear performances of the day, but Staut and de Ponnat each lowered a fence so Leprevost would have to be clear to force a jump-off now. And when the poles fell, she retired as she could not improve on her country’s eight-fault tally.

Delighted

Splaine was naturally delighted with the result - “it’s fair to say we’re not going to win the FEI Nations Cup, but we’re really hoping for another good result in Dublin” he said.  The Irish capital city plays host to the final leg of the 2012 series in four weeks time.  The Irish Chef d’Equipe described the earlier part of the season as “a bit of a misfortune” and insisted that last week’s bottom-place finish in Falsterbo was “out of character” for his side.  “There are more downs than ups in this sport, and you have to be very strong to come back from that” he pointed out, adding “when you are a professional showjumper, you have to know how to bounce back from difficult times”.

Team-member Moloney, whose sensational double-clear on his Top League Nations Cup debut comes after finishing third with the same horse in the Grand Prix during Nations Cup week in Florida earlier this year and fifth in the recent Spruce Meadows Grand Prix in Calgary, Canada, was, like Kerins, selected for this event from the deep pool of Irish riding talent resident in the USA.  “This is my biggest result so far” said the rider whose father, Tom, is a legendary Irish horse producer and whose brother, Eddie, is a former Irish national champion.  Moloney’s horse however was not a complete newcomer to the Hickstead ring, as Ahorn originally came from England’s Henry Charles who lives close by - “he had been in the ring before as a novice horse, and he was quite happy about seeing it all again, it didn’t bother him at all” said the rider who shares his time between American bases in Florida and Long Island, New York.

Slightly Improved

Despite the satisfaction of securing only their third victory in the 65-year history of the Nations Cup of Great Britain, the Irish however have only slightly improved their position on the FEI Nations Cup™ leaderboard after today’s success.  They go into the last leg on their home ground with just a 0.5 point lead over Belgium who are now in bottom spot, while Germany remains at the top of the table with a 10-point advantage over France in second while Britain holds third.

Moloney described today’s result as “a dream come true - it can’t get much better really!”, but there is more work to be done if the Irish are to finish the season on an upbeat note.  “All the lads came here highly motivated - we needed a big result, and we got a big result” said team manager Splaine this evening.  They will be looking for another one of those in four weeks’ time....

TORSDAG
1,50-hoppning i två faser: 1) Pénélope Leprevost, Frankrike, Oscar des Fontaines 0+0 fel 37,03 sek 2) Shane Breen, Irland, Balloon 0+0 37,58 3) Louise Pavitt, Storbritannien, Don VHP Z 0+0 37,66 11) Linda Heed, Sverige, Niveau 0+0 42,86

1,45-hoppning med tidshoppning: 1) Shane Breen, Irland, Ominerale Courcelle 0 fel 68,50 sek 2) Clem McMahon, Irland, Point Two Elvis 0 70,27 3) Wout Jan van der Schans, Holland, Eurocommerce Sacramento 0 71,10 18) Helena Persson, Sverige, Chamonix H 0 85,05



Förandsinformation från FEI:
The host nation is unfazed by being drawn first to go in the penultimate leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 series at Hickstead (GBR) tomorrow afternoon.  A week ahead of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games the British are in bullish form, and Chef d’Equipe, Rob Hoekstra, said today “I am not really concerned by starting first, the riders I brought have ridden here many times and they know what they’re doing. It’s brilliant to be at Hickstead a week prior the start of the Games - riding in front of your home crowd is a great test“ he added.

The order-of-go for the seventh leg of the series is : 1, Great Britain; 2, Netherlands; 3, Germany; 4, Ireland; 5, Sweden; 6, France; 7, Belgium; 8, Switzerland.

Experienced

The British contingent is indeed an experienced one, and includes Peter Charles who will fly the Union Jack at Greenwich Park when the Olympic Jumping competition gets underway on 8 August.  He has been selected for the Games with Vindicat, but will line out tomorrow with Nevada.  Joining him in tomorrow’s team will be Tina Fletcher, riding the Olympic reserve horse Hello Sailor, and of course no side at Hickstead ever seems quite complete unless a member of the legendary Whitaker family is included.  John Whitaker, who has enjoyed many famous days at the Sussex venue, will partner Argento while William Funnell rounds up the team with Billy Angelo.

Great Britain lies sixth on the leaderboard at this late stage of the series, trailed by Belgium and Ireland in the bottom two places. Niels Bruynseels (Conisha van de Helle), Maurice van Roesbroeck (Dylano), Rik Hemeryck (Quarco de Karembars) and Dominique Hendrix (Poer van de Waterhinghoeve) will be hoping to improve Belgian prospects, and the Irish too will be looking for a good result.

Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine has drafted in two US-based Irishmen for tomorrow’s clash.  Darragh Kerins will ride Lisona, the 11 year mare with which he was runner-up in the FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier in Florida (USA) in February and which was bred by a man with a long link to Hickstead - triple Derby champion Comdt John Ledingham - so that may augur well.  Richie Moloney has also been making a big impression on the US circuit and will partner Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve, while Clem McMahon rides the talented Pacino and pathfinder will be Tipperary man Shane Breen who has already gotten off to a flying start with a win and a second-place finish earlier today at the venue he now calls home.

Strong Side

The Netherlands lies fifth on the league table going into tomorrow’s contest, and Rob Ehrens has chosen a strong side in which Leon Thijssen (Tyson) will lead the way followed by Albert Zoer (Sam), Hendrik-Jan Schuttert (Cerona) and Albert Voorn (Tobalio).  The Dutch Chef d’Equipe said this afternoon - “Hickstead is a great show and has improved so much over the last few years.  They have really increased the standards, and we are very proud to be here”.

Douglas Lindelow (Odermus), Angelie von Essen (Carrento Ztar), Daniel Zetterman (Glory Days) and Helena Persson (Chamonix) will be hoping to bolster Sweden’s fourth-place position on the league table, but they will need to have a really good day to overwhelm the third-placed French.  With Eugenie Angot (Old Chap Tame), Kevin Staut (Reveur de Heurtebise), Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitage Boy) and Penelope Leprevost (Topinambour) on form, France looks very strong indeed.

The Swiss have clearly shown that they are back where they belong since recovering from a period in the relegation zone before re-qualifying for the Top League series again this season.  In second spot going into the closing phase of the 2012 series they are looking very comfortable, but while Claudia Gisler (Touchable) and Simone Wettstein (Cash and Go) have experience in Top Level Nations Cup Jumping, Marc Oertly (Tamira) and Andreas Ott (Rox) are relatively less-tested so they will hoping to make the right impression.

Defending Champions

The Germans come into tomorrow’s competition as defending champions at the British venue and they are taking it very seriously indeed with a strong side, although Chef d’Equipe Sonke Sonksen said today - “we will still need a bit of luck!”.  Pathfinder is London-bound Philip Weishaupt who will partner Catoki instead of his Olympic horse Monte Bellini, and he will be followed by Holger Wulschner (Cefalo) who joined him on the victorious Hickstead team in 2011.  Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara) will go third, and last into the ring will be Marco Kutscher (Cornet Obolensky).  Germany heads Switzerland at the top of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 leaderboard by a 10.5 point margin as the action gets underway tomorrow.

The records show that Germany has taken the Nations Cup of Great Britain on 11 occasions since it was first held in 1947, including three times in the last four years.  But the host nation will be looking to keep the Edward Prince of Wales trophy at home, as a good omen ahead of the forthcoming Olympic challenge.  They have won it 31 times over the last 64 years, most recently in 2010, and Charles, Fletcher and Funnell were all on that winning side two years ago.  It won’t be given up easily tomorrow....
 
For further information on the seventh leg of the 2012 FEI Nations Cup™ series at Hickstead (GBR) on Friday 20 July check out website at www.hickstead.co.uk or contact Press Officer Victoria Spicer at Email press@hickstead.co.uk , Tel: +4478 1111 3185

FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 - Standings after Round 6 at Falsterbo (SWE):
1.    Germany                    -    41
2.    Switzerland                -    30.5
3.    France                    -    30
4.    Sweden                    -    28
5.    Netherlands                -    27.5
6.    Great Britain                -    27
7.    Belgium                    -    25
8.    Ireland                    -    19 

Facts and Figures:

Hickstead (GBR) presents the seventh round of the eight-leg FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 series.
The defending champions are Germany, winners of the Nations Cup of Great Britain on 11 occasions.
Peter Charles, Tina Fletcher and William Funnell all competed on the winning British side at Hickstead in 2010.
Great Britain has won the Edward Prince of Wales Cup 31 times since 1947.
Germany heads the FEI Nations Cup™ leaderboard by a margin of 10.5 points going into tomorrow's competition.
Dublin, Ireland will host the last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 series in four weeks' time.

Torsdag:


Onsdag:
Linda Heed: Vi sitter fast med lastbilen"
- Vi sitter fast med lastbilen. De två mindre banorna är avstängda och ån har svämmat över. Men stora banan är superfin, berättar Linda Heed från Hickstead, där det ska ridas superliga på fredag.
Räkna med regn då också.

Från SvRF:

I takt med att regnet faller flaggar alla de fem svenska ryttarna för vara reserv.
Förbundskapten Sylve Söderstrand och Hans horn bestämmer efter torsdagens hoppningar vilka fyra som rider.
De har Linda Heed - Bee Wonderful, Daniel Zetterman - Glory Days, Helena Persson - Chamonix, Douglas Lindelöw - Udermus och Angelie von Essen - Carrento Ztar.
Carrento Ztar är en svenskstammad häst efter Cardento - Indus.
Linda Heed berättar om sin Bee Wonderful som fick en lättare skada vid nationshoppningen i S:t Gallen:
- Det känns som om hon är på väg tillbaka. Jag tycker att hon hoppade lätt i Falsterbo, säger hon.
Linda har ridit två gånger tidigare på Hickstead.
- Men det är svårt att vänja sig vid hindermaterialet. Långa stora och tunga bommar. Det känns inte så modernt.
Inför denna omgång är Sverige fyra i tabellen i Superligan. Efter Hickstead återstår Dublin, Irland, i augusti efter OS.

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