Longines FEI World Cup Final: Swedish riders hoping for tough courses after tough start

Peder Fredricson riding H&M All In on Thursday
Credit : Scoopdyga

Friday 05 April - 16h17 | Ian Clayton

Longines FEI World Cup Final: Swedish riders hoping for tough courses after tough start

They were among the favourites heading into the competition, but Sweden’s top show jumpers have their backs against the wall after the first phase of the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final. And they admit they are now more dependent on mistakes by their rivals than their own performances to have any chance of winning on home ground in Gothenburg.

 - Longines FEI World Cup Final: Swedish riders hoping for tough courses after tough start

Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou in the opening class
Credit : Scoopdyga

After Thursday’s opening speed class won by Switzerland’s World No.1 Steve Guerdat, the best-placed Swede in the competition is Peder Fredricson in 11th with H&M All In. Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou sit in 16th while Irma Karlsson and Ida van de Bisschop are 22nd.

Fredricson, who was third in terms of pure speed but had a fault which added time, told Aftonbladet that his horse jumped ‘amazingly’, but that he was 'extremely disappointed' by the fault which occurred after the duo took a jump at a bad angle and were thrown off at subsequent obstacles. 

Swedish chef d'equipe Henrik Ankarcrona told the newspaper that he felt Fredricson had had a good plan for the course but was disadvantaged by starting fourth, given that it was impossible to adjust to rivals’ results. And Fredricson added that it will be difficult for him to win the title now that he is in 11th place heading into the second phase Friday evening. “It clearly depends on how the tracks are built the rest of the week. If they are really hard, things can happen,” he said.

Ankarcrona also believes that for the home side representatives, their fate is a little bit out of their hands and they now have to hope for poor results from the leaders in order to have a shot. That also applies for Von Eckermann and Mary Lou, who faulted at the last obstacle after getting into a bad rhythm in the ring, the rider told the paper.

Photo below: Irma Karlsson (SWE) riding Ida van de Bisschop. (Scoopdyga)

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