Hannover: Tomas Eriksson värlscuptrea
Tomas Eriksson är redo för fyrspannsvärldscupen.
* Tomas Eriksson trea i fyrspannsvärldscupen. Resultat här.
* Douglas Lindelöw - Chivas Regal segrade i en ridskytteklass.
* Henrik von Eckermann - Lady Capitol elva i GP/1,60. Sju svenska placeringar.
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* Henrik von Eckermann - Lady Capitol elva i GP/1.,60.
* Tomas eriksson trea i fyrspannsvärldscupens premiär efter Boyd Exell och IJsbrand Chardon.
* Douglas Lindelöw - Chivas Regal segrade i en ridskytteklass. Angelica Augustsson - Quickdiamond 14:e i 1,50.
* Tomas Eriksson tvåa i fyrspannsvärldscupens uppvärmning.
* Henrik von Eckermann - Lay Capitol fyra, Angelica Augustsson - Quickdiamond elva och Douglas Lindelöw - Balahe 13:e i 1,45.
Fyrspannsvärldscupen från FEI:
Boyd Exell starts in top form in Hannover
by Cindy Timmer
Four-time FEI World Cup™ Driving Champion Boyd Exell (AUS) had an excellent start of the FEI World Cup™ Driving’s 12th season in Hannover, Germany this weekend. Exell and his team of horses were in top form and they performed as if their last World Cup competition had taken place only last week and not eight months ago at the previous season’s Final held in Bordeaux (FRA) in Febuary. Exell won the opening leg in Hannover ahead of IJsbrand Chardon (NED) and Tomas Eriksson (SWE).
Exciting Winning Round
Boyd Exell drove a very fast and clear first round and challenged Chardon who followed him in the arena. Chardon drove his team of Lipizzaner horses at high speed throughout the course, but had one knockdown and was unable to beat Exell’s time.
Tomas Eriksson did the same and finished just behind Chardon in third place. Both Eriksson and Chardon knocked a ball down in the Winning Round, which gave Exell an advantage of approximately 12 seconds. The Australian drove his team magnificently round the course and even changed routes in the first marathon obstacle in order to go faster. In the last part of the course, he went at such a high speed that he unexpectedly cut a corner and drove his horses through the marathon obstacle to the last gate. This made the many enthusiastic spectators explode with joy and Exell was loudly cheered as he crossed the finishing line having scored a clear round. He was declared the winner and was presented with a special saddle chair, which was offered to him by the sponsor of the FEI World Cup™ Driving in Hannover, Klingenberg exclusive furniture.
It was all a matter of preparation. Exell finished fourth in the first competition on Saturday evening and took his time on Sunday morning to prepare his wheeler and leader horses well for the World Cup competition. Boyd drove an experienced team of horses including the 20-year old leader horse Bill who will now get a rest until the Final in February 2013.
IJsbrand Chardon’s horses are fast but they keep knocking balls down which sets the team back. Chardon has been training with a new Lipizzaner at home for the past three weeks and wanted to drive it in Hannover in order to test the speed of the team. But the horse was injured only a few days before the start of the season and Chardon has had to postpone the test. The Dutch driver was nevertheless pleased with his horses and left the arena feeling good.
All drivers agreed that the course in Hannover, designed by World Cup course designer Dr Wolfgang Asendorf, was very tricky. The top favourites had all several knockdowns on the first night and Asendorf decided to slightly modify the course to make it more fluent. Tomas Eriksson, who was the first one in, was informed only a few minutes before the Winning Round that the course had been shortened. This change made a top performance difficult. Eriksson did his very best but knocked one ball down and finished in third place.
Much to learn
Wild card driver Daniel Schneiders (GER) won the first competition on Saturday evening, but it did not go so well for him today. He knocked over an element in the marathon obstacle and had several knockdowns, which caused him to finish in sixth place. “I have a lot to learn,” said the former pony pair and pony team driver afterwards.
Koos de Ronde (NED) was unable to get his horses into the right rhythm and came in fifth, ahead of World Cup newcomer Georg von Stein (GER), who is using some of his outdoor horses.
Boyd Exell (AUS): “We were all a bit rusty on the first night. Neither the horses nor my navigator Michelle or myself were well prepared. In the World Cup round we were all much better. Michelle was brilliant again, well ahead of the game and helped me all the time.”
IJsbrand Chardon (NED): “I have a good feeling, the speed of my team was good. The only thing I have to improve is the knockdowns. I was pleased that the course was changed after the first day; it was more fluent and open in the World Cup competition, which was better for the sport and the spectators.”
Tomas Eriksson (SWE): “It was a very tricky course and I didn’t find it all that pleasant to drive. It had too many sharp turns and this forced me to pull my horses back which is something I do not like doing. But the competitors field in Hannover was very strong so I am pleased with my third place and with my horses.”
Results CAI-W Hannover 2012:
Boyd Exell (AUS) 214,48
IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 231,22
Tomas Eriksson (SWE) 235,69
Koos de Ronde (NED) 130,33
Georg von Stein (GER) 141,05
Daniel Schneiders (GER) 178,91
Förhandsinformation från SvRF:
- En titt på det sex man starka startfältet säger allt.
Ijsbrand Chardon, Holland, tvåfaldig finalsegrare, kommer med sitt inomhusspann som består av fyra lippizaner. Koos De Ronde, Holland, kommer också med sikte på topplacering. Koos är andra generationen av internationella toppkuskar.
Boyd Exell, Australien, har dominerat körningen de senaste åren. Han har spann för både inomhus och utomhuskörning, med snabba och mycket vältränade hästar. Boyd var i Sverige och tränade de svenskar kuskarna för en kort tid sedan. Han har radat upp fyra finalsegrar under de senaste åren. Utöver denna topptrio kör två tyska kuskar, Daniel Schneiders som fått ett wild card. Även Georg von Stein finns med i det sex man starka startfältet.
- Ikväll kör jag ett sista genrep här hemma i ridhuset. På fredag kör jag ner till Hannover, berättar Tomas.
Med på lastbilen finns då hans inomhushästar, Speedy, Filur 2, Rachi-Rödslev och Monzo. Hästar som verkligen har rutin.
Världscupen i körning startade 1999 och Tomas är en av de kuskar som varit med under alla säsongerna. Tomas får svenskt sällskap under världcupen i Stockholm, Ericsson Globe. Där kör både Fredrik Persson och Axel Olin. Tomas brukar lyckas väldigt bra på hemmaplan. Han älskar Ericsson Globe arenas publik. I fjol fick han visserligen ge sig i omkörningen mot just Boyd Exell.
- Självklart siktar jag på seger i Stockholm. Men först ska jag göra allt för att lyckas i premiären.
Åtta deltävlingar avgör vilka kuskar som får köra final i franska Bordeaux. De sex främsta efter serien är kvalade till final.
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