Martin Fuchs with Conner 70, the first starter to beat everyone

The 5* Rolex GP of Dinard was won by an unleashed Martin Fuchs (SUI) with Conner 70 (v. Conner), who was the first starter to beat everyone on the French turf. Perhaps the Swiss rider had in mind how Sanne Thijssen won the Grand Prix of Rotterdam two weeks ago. Denis Lynch (IRL) finished second with KWPN stallion Cristello (by Numero Uno). Third place went to Christian Ahlmann (GER) with Clintrexo Z (by Clintissimo Z). It was an a-list jump-off. Fuchs immediately put the other six jump-off combinations on edge with his time of 42.67 seconds. He did so with a daring round, in which he regularly had to correct his big brown stallion Conner 70. The inside turn to the double worked well and he could actually ride all distances forward. Edward Lévy (FRA) already had one down on the first fence, followed by another one later. The home crowd continued to carry him.

Kevin Staut (FRA) was next with Bulgarie d’Engandou (by Vargas de Ste Hermelle). The full stadium held its breath for the thus rider and his chestnut. Staut accelerated down the final stretch, an endless last line to the Rolex oxer. He did not come close to Fuchs’ time: 44.22 seconds, ultimately good for place four. Next came Denis Lynch with his big striding Cristello . The Irishman showed a sharply ridden round, with fast turns and short lines. But Lynch did not make it either, even if it was tight: his 42.83 seconds were good for place two. Christian Ahlmann had brought one of his greys for the Rolex GP. Clintrexo had a long Covid-19 break since January 2020 and has only been back in the ring since May 2021. Ahlmann steered the stallion through the course with great control from the start. He had to correct in last line and also did not meet Fuchs’ time: 43.30 seconds and rank three. The second-to-last to go Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) took a bit more time with Nuance Bleue VDM Z (by Nabab de Reve). His ten-year-old mare has only been at this highest level since February. The Italian rode a neat clear round in 45.58 seconds and finished fifth. The last rider to try was Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) with his KWPN mare Glamour Girl (by VDL Zirocco Blue). The pair are riding a wave, winning a 1m55 class yesterday. The Swede was clearly hunting for Fuchs’ time, although he too took a slightly wider turn towards the double. That caution did not help him, because there was still a fault there. Von Eckermann finished sixth.


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