Eight combinations managed to reach the jump-off and those eight ensured an unforgettable spectacle. The first major of the Rolex Grand Prix in a long time offered genuine top-class sport. The Austrian became the final winner with Elektric Blue P, a 10-year-old gelding by Eldorado vd Zeshoek. “I am speechless, it’s great to win here, I am really happy,” said the 47-year-old rider from Starnberg. I knew I had to be very fast and trusted my instincts.” Kühner bought Elektric Blue P as a two-year-old at an auction. “He is doing extremely well and this is of course a great moment, also for him.” Like all riders, Kühner was delighted that The Dutch Masters was organised. “Thanks to Rolex and the organisation who made all this possible. They put on a fantastic event despite the difficult conditions of today.”
The Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli made a serious attempt to improve Kühner’s time as the last starter, but to no avail. A beautiful second place was the result. He rode the 12-year-old KWPN gelding VDL Edgar M with which he hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Third was German Christian Kukuk with Checker 47, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding by Comme Il Faut. At the press conference Kukuk looked at Kühner’s beautiful Rolex watch: “Of course it suits me too, but I am happy with the result and I will try to win that watch next time.”
Source The Dutch Masters