Peder Fredricson på Hansson WL (arkivbild).

Peder på pallen i London


Peder Fredricson på Hansson WL tog andraplatsen i lördagens omgång av Global Champions Tour i London, Storbritannien. Scott Brash ordnade hemmaseger. I London var det också dags för H&M All In att gå in i de stora klasserna igen.

- Det kändes bra, Hansson hoppade fantastiskt men idag var Scott Brash snabbare, säger Peder utan att låta det minsta besviken.

- Det är fina tävlingar här och banbyggare gjorde ett bra jobb med lagom många till omhoppning.

Sju ekipage var felfria i första omgången och flera av de stora favoriterna försvann efter nedslag väl fördelade över banan.

Scott Brash startade först i omhoppningen med blott nioårige Hello Mr Prsident. Det såg snabbt ut och ekipaget korsade mållinjen på 38,88.

Ludger Beerbaum på Douglas Lindelöws tidigare partner Casello satte upp farten men var inte i närheten av Scotts tid.

Peder och Hansson såg till en början ut att kunna ge Scott Brash en god match men han var till slut nästan sekunden långsammare.

Den enda som kom i närheten av prispallen sedan var Ben Maher, sex hundradelar snabbare än Scott Brash men en bom föll i farten och topptrion stod stadigt på pallen.

Peder har bara deltagit i fyra omgångar i Global Champions Tour men med placeringarna 4, 1 (Cannes), 9 och 2 ligger han på totalt 16 plats på rankingen.
- Det är Hansson som hoppat och varit i omhoppning och placerad alla fyra gångerna, säger Peder.

Komplett resultat

GCT Ranking 2018

Peder felfri på H&M All In

Tidigare på lördagseftermiddagen red Peder Fredricson en felfri runda på H&M All In, i den andra omgången av Global Champions League. Hindren låg på upp till 1.55 och tiden räckte till fjortonde plats.

- Det här var den första stora klassen sedan EM förra året och allt kändes jättebra, säger Peder som kommer att rida Global Champions Tour i Valkensvaard, Nederländerna nästa vecka.
- Det blir Allan som hoppar då, Hansson ska få lite vila nu.

I söndagens stora klass över 1.55-hinder var Peder och "Allan" felfria i grundomgången. De var sedan klart snabbast i omhoppningen men tyvärr föll en bom och ekipaget slutade femma.

Pressinformation från arrangören:

Peder Fredricson, 2nd place: "This is All In’s first big show since the European championships, he has been off for a while, I have done 3 small shows, just the small classes so I was a bit nervous before today as I really didn’t know how it was going to go. But I was very happy with the way he felt. He still needs a few rounds to get back to how I would like. I think a few more competitions he will be back as good as he can be."
"I tried my very best but Scott's horse is just really naturally fast. I took away strides everywhere and I don’t think I could have gone any faster than I already did without risking a rail. So I just want to congratulate Scott."

Uliano Vezzani set a big track for today’s LGCT Grand Prix of London - full height at the maximum 1.60m and requiring scopey horses who took a lot of care when they reached the fences. A delicate Sapinda vertical as well as a “Big Ben” winged skinny required absolute precision, with an imposing Longines treble set towards the in-gate asked complete focus, power and care in equal measure. The last line gave the option of six or seven strides, giving riders the choice best suited to their horses.

First to go Scott Brash (GBR) had all the pressure on his shoulders - the 2017 LGCT Grand Prix of London winner this time riding his enthusiastic 9 year old gelding Hello Mr President, and watched by owners Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. And the “Iceman” delivered, the epitome of grace under pressure with fans on the edge of their seats as they willed their home rider to a clear, and the young horse responding magnificently to Brash’s careful requests.

Mid-way through and there are only two clears so far, a testiment to the challenge set for the world’s best show jumpers.

Peder Fredricson (SWE) who has already qualified for the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, jumped a very smooth clear round with his Cannes winning mount Hansson WL, raising the stakes for the jump-off where he would be joined by Denis Lynch (IRL) and RMF Echo.

Scott Brash (GBR) returned to the ring with the eager Hello Mr President, the pair setting off at a gallop as silence dropped around the arena. Brash gave it his all, riding Hello Mr President magnificently to deliver yet another clear, taking a chance at the last, but stopping the clock in 38.88s and setting the pace for those behind him.

Multiple Olympian Ludger Beerbaum (GER) flew around the arena with Casello, but the pair couldn’t match the British rider’s time and finished a couple of seconds down in 41.15s.

Peder Fredricson (SWE) pulled out all the stops with Hansson WL, matching Scott on turns and strides. But his horse was not as naturally quick as Hello Mr President, and he had to settle for second with a time of 39.84s.

Poles down for Denis Lynch and Harry Charles ruled them out of contention, with all eyes turning to Ben Maher (GBR) to see if history would repeat his and Scott’s showdown from 2017.

Ben’s chestnut horse Explosion W jumped the course effortlessly, fast across the ground and up on time. But the penultimate fence tumbled, as the crowd groaned, and the pair finished off the podium despite clocking an impressive time of 38.82s, agonisingly quick enough to have taken the win.

So it would be a British win, with Scott Brash (GBR) taking his second LGCT Grand Prix of the season.

The LGCT now looks to it’s spiritual home, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, for the 14th leg of the Championship race.