Sweden’s Peder Fredricson led the CHIO Rotterdam stellar class by beating 31-hundredths of a second to Irishman Cian O’Connor. (Photo © chioroterdam)
Two-time Swedish Olympic silver medalist Peder Fredricson led the CSI 5* Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam, to add their third 2017 FEI win beating in close fight to Irish Olympic bronze medalist Cian O’Connor.
Peder Fredricson, who was currently ranked 21st in the World Ranking, had achieved his previous two triumphs in speed class, but today stopped the clock in 40.15 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding H&M All In (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo Z) owned by Stuteri Arch, achieved his first Grand Prix of the year to earn 130 FEI Ranking Points and increase to 43 victories he collects in his professional career.
The strong fight for victory was felt in the top three positions, being the second place for Cian O’Connor accompanied by the 11-year-old stallion Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II) in 40.46 seconds, only 31 hundredths of a second slower and in third place Dutch rider Marc Houtzager with the 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (Revel x Achill Quidam), recording a time of 40.59 seconds.
Completed the Top 5 Lucian Diniz of Portugal in fourth place, obtaining a time of 42.02 seconds with her 13-year-old mare Fit For Fun 13 (For Pleasure x Fabriano) and fifth place was taken by Harrie Smolders of Netherlands, registering 42.22 seconds accompanied by the 13-year-old stallion Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire).
For the Pan American Ranking Wilton Porter was 35th with 12 fouls and 84.74 seconds next to the 10-year-old stallion Caletto Cabana (Cassini I x Capecanaveral), while also American Lillie Keenan escorted him in the 36th place with 12 fouls in 85.56 seconds alongside the 10-year-old gelding Skyhorse (Calvaro x Quidam of Revel).
For the Latino Ranking Alonso Valdez Prado of Peru completing his field in 16 fouls with 85.29 seconds next to the 10-year-old gelding Chief (Verdi x Argentinus), occupying the 41st position and the Argentine rider Jose Maria Larocca followed in 46th place with a total of 24 faults accompanied by the 9-year-old stallion Diablo Blanco (Chacco Blue x Cento) in box 46th.