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Fast Sweden’s Andersson wins Kask Accumulator

It was all about the ladies in the opening class on the final day at Jumping Verona 2021 this morning when Sweden’s Petronella Andersson and America’s Jessica Springsteen finished first and second in the Kask Accumulator and mares filled all of the top four places.

Partnering the lovely 14-year-old Tiger Lily who was a winner on Friday and completely consistent all weekend, Springsteen scorched into the lead when 33rd to go of the 53 starters. Stopping the clock on 49.35 seconds this pair looked very hard to beat, but three horses later Andersson’s 12-year-old Jeunesse van T Paradijs  broke the beam 0.12 seconds sooner and that proved as fast as you could get.

Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli slotted into third with the nine-year-old mare Chili who has also been impressive over the last three days while Belgium’s Gudrun Pateet and the 11-year-old mare Sea Coast Donna vd Windweg Z lined up in fourth place when clocking 49.64.

Last to go, Pateet looked about to upset the leaderboard with a super-fast round from another of her great horses, the always-competitive Sea Coast Pebbles, until a fence down put paid to their chances.

Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano and Chalou slotted into fifth and Great Britain’s John Whitaker and Sharid finished sixth.

Riding Unick de Francport, Whitaker is drawn first to go in this afternoon’s feature event, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier which is the third leg of the prestigious 2021/2022 Western European League series, while Zanotelli has the best of the draw, going last with Like a Diamond van het Schaeck.


Ph. JV / Marco Proli