Aachen: Four-in-a-row for Boyd Exell
Saturday 07 July 2012
Boyd Exell has won the marathon of the CAIO Aachen this afternoon and herewith won the prestigious competition and important test case for Riesenbeck for the fourth time in a row. Exell won the CAIO Aachen also in 2003, which makes 2012 a record fifth victory in Aachen. Koos de Ronde finished on the second place, just ahead of German Champion Christoph Sandmann. The numbers one and two after dressage Chester Weber and IJsbrand Chardon both made mistakes and lost their chances to a high placing.
With the best drivers of the ranking starting last, the tension grew as the marathon approached its end. Ten thousands of spectators enjoyed the sun and the performances of the 24 top drivers.
IJsbrand Chardon lost his chances to close the gap with Weber in obstacle 2, where he took a wrong gate, which cost him 20 penalty points. Chardon kept on driving and set some fast times, but was unable to make up for the damage.
This second obstacle also turned out to be unfortunate for dressage winner Weber. His left leader jumped over the trace and his groom had to go down and repair this. The same situation occurred in obstacle 4 after which Weber unfortunately lost all his chances to winning Aachen 2012.
Boyd Exell set very fast times in the obstacles and won the marathon, ahead of the German team members Michael Brauchle and Georg von Stein: “The owner of my horses Tamas Vincze wanted us to bring the Kentucky team to Aachen. They have taken a while to settle. After my disappointing dressage test on the first day, I was pleased with my second dressage test. In the marathon I used a new leader, Monty. It was only his second international marathon, but he turned out to be very fast. My wheeler horses were brilliant so I am very pleased.”
The Netherlands is still in the lead in the nations competition, followed by Germany and Sweden. The Australian team dropped to the 7t place after Gavin Robson encountered some difficulties in the marathon, which he did finish.
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