The Dutchman Leopold van Asten set the pace at the first FEI event of the CSI5* -W Oslo featuring Teleplan. (Photo © flickr.com)
The Dutch rider Leopold van Asten opened the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Oslo 2017, achieving the first victory of the week presented by Teleplan.
The speed class on course designed by British Robert Ellis had as main protagonist to Leopold van Asten with its 10-year-old mare VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco-Blue x Aldatus) owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof B.V. and stopping the clock in 60.89 seconds to add 50 World Ranking Points.
As always with an good audience presence at the Kingsland Oslo Horse Show in Norway, Leopold van Asten showed the way and set the pace by beating Egyptian rider Abdel Said, who appeared with his 10-year-old mare Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrilo x Balou du Rouet) recording a time of 61.09 seconds and for third place World Number 10 Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands with the 9-year-old mare Dana Blue (Mr. Blue x Hemmingway) in 62.54 seconds.
The fight remained the same among to the top five finishers, taking fourth place Robert Whitaker of Great Britain in 62.65 seconds accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Catwalk IV (Mr. Blue x Corleone) and fifth place was of Irish rider Shane Breen with the 9-year-old stallion Ipswich va de Wolfsakker (Carmenar De Muze x Quick Star) in 62.67 seconds.
For Latino Ranking the former leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil failing to qualify within points in 22nd place, completing a field of 4 fouls in 62.74 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin).
The best seeded for the first class with the presence of several former world champions and Olympic medalists were World Number 3 Kevin Staut of France, finishing in 44th position with 14 fouls alongside the 8-year-old gelding Vendome d’anchar HDC (Diamant de Semilly x Allegreto) and World Number 4 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, improved two positions in the 42nd, accumulating 11 faults with the 10-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche Du Pas).