Hans-Dieter Dreher flies with experience at the Prize of Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG.

The German demonstrated his experience in the duel field of veterans to beat the British Michael Whitaker. (Photo © casi-basel.ch)

 

With total of 57 pair in the Prize of Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG was held at the close of the first day of CSI 5* Basel and the victory of German rider Hans-Dieter Dreher.

In a real fight of experience and talent, Dreher with Paul Bücheler’s 13-year-old gelding Cool and Easy (Contender x Riverman) stopped the clock in time of 54.29 seconds, getting 50 World Ranking Points and surpassing in the speed class to Briton Michael Whitaker by 24 hundredths of a second.

Registering a time of 54.53 seconds for second place by Whitaker and 15-year-old gelding Viking (Jacomar x Almox Prints) owned by Miss M Braybrooke, the audience’s attention focused on such a close fight for the top spot among the Veteran riders, where they gave a display of true talent in every obstacle they were liquidating.

Not too distant from the record of Dreyer and Whitaker, the Top 5 was completed by Frenchman ex-number 1 Simon Delestre who finished third with 11-year-old gelding Sultan du Chateau (Kannan *GFE x Galoubet A) in time of 55.13 seconds, the fourth place was the Swiss Roman Duguet and the 10-year-old mare Twentytwo des Biches (Mylord Carthago x Kalor du Bocage) in 55.57 seconds and closed the best five in the fifth number 1 in the world Daniel Deusser of Germany with the 10-year-old gelding Hidalgo SX (Quadrillo x Andiamo) owned by Stephex Stables in time of 56.22 seconds.

 

Final Results