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Sterrehof's Calimero and Marc 2nd in the World Cup and in the Grand Prix
Sterrehof’s Calimero and Marc were able to bring their brilliant form towards the new year. After the fantastic result during the GCL Final in Prague last December, new successes followed in Basel one month later. Our duo managed to perform at a consistently high level during the whole World Cup event of the Swiss city. It brought them two beautiful second places: one in the World Cup and the other one in the Grand Prix.
On Friday night, the Longines Grand Prix of Basel was ridden first. Fourteen combinations returned for the jump-off where eight remained clear again. Calimero and Marc were on fire in this decisive round and came only four hundredths of a second short for victory, that came in the hands of Belgian Niels Bruynseels. A strong second place was the prelude to another beautiful performance. On Sunday, the same end result could be noted, but this was clearly a different competition. The first round of the World Cup proved to be very selective and only three out of forty combinations managed to stay clear within the time allowed. Among them also Calimero and Marc. Their impressive round was followed by a fitting finale in the jump off. Calimero, who hadn’t knocked down a rail during the entire competition, was flawless again and a clever ridden round by Marc delivered a lot of world cup points next to the second place. Victory went to Martin Fuchs, who was riding for his home crowd.
Next stage: Jumping Amsterdam
With his best performance to date in a World Cup qualifier, Calimero also started 2019 in a smashing way. Earlier he did this in 2017 by winning the Grand Prix of Drachten and in 2018 by triumphing in the Grand Prix of Jumping Amsterdam. The last show is this year again part of the World Cup cyclus and will be the next stage for Calimero and Marc in two weeks’ time. On Saturday, however, we first focus on the Grand Prix, which, like previous editions, is supported by Stoeterij Sterrehof and Anemone Horse Trucks.
Picture: Katja Stuppia/Longines CSI Basel