Fredricson Wins, Madden Into 4th, Aznar Takes Lead- Its All Change in Gothenburg

Peder Fredricson
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Friday 05 April - 21h39 | Lulu Kyriacou/ FEI

Fredricson Wins, Madden Into 4th, Aznar Takes Lead- Its All Change in Gothenburg

The ecstatic home crowd saw Sweden’s Peder Fredricson sweep to victory with Catch Me Not in tonight’s second competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2019 in Gothenburg (SWE), rocketing him up to second place on the overall leaderboard. But it is tonight’s runner-up, Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar with Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot, who lies in pole position going into Sunday’s two-round title-decider.

 - Fredricson Wins, Madden Into 4th, Aznar Takes Lead- Its All Change in Gothenburg

Beezie Madden
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The arena at the Scandivarium is large, but the oval shape does make judging turns more difficult  than they might initally appear when walking the course. In todays jump off type competition, eight clear rounds went through to the jump off, including Beezie Madden  and Breitling who are trying to defend their 2018 title. As in yesterday's comtest Madden was easily the fastest in the jump off but once again her speed cost her as a rail fell. However as a veteran  of multiple Finals the American  star is not unaware that the scoring system will mean that she is only three penalties off the overall lead despite the fallen rails.

A fence down saw yesterday’s winner, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, drop to third ahead of fellow-countryman Martin Fuchs, Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and Olivier Philippaerts who all join Madden in equal fourth.

The unexpected package in the jumpoff, Poland's Jarosla Skrzyczynski with 10-year-old mare, Chacclana, was foot-perfect in a time of 39.68 before Fredricson nearly lifted the roof off the Scandinavium Arena when scorching in to take the lead in 37.94 seconds. Madden was almost three seconds quicker coming to the last, only for that to fall and when Bruynseels suffered the same fate with Delux an T&L, then only Alvarez Aznar was left to threaten Fredricson for the win. 

“Going into the jump-off I felt it was safer to be in the top places for the final on Sunday so I didn’t risk all”, he explained afterwards, but his time of 37.97 was still plenty good enough for runner-up spot ahead of Kuhner in third and Skrzyczynski in fourth place. “I was not expecting to be leading tonight but to have a good round. My horse is not the fastest but he is very consistent” said the modest Spanish rider who finished sixth at last year’s Longines Final in Paris (FRA) and who now has the best of the draw for Sunday’s finale.
“I want to be on the podium of a Championship and I am now in a good position but I have to stay focused and have a good ride on Sunday”, he added. 
His compatriot, course-designer Santiago Varela, pointed out tonight that the game is far from over yet however.
“I want to say congratulations to the riders, they did a great job tonight. Today was a new day but a lot can change on Sunday because we have two more rounds. We are only half-way through this evening - there’s a lot more jumping to do” he warned. 

​Surrprise of the day was the elimination of Belgium's Pieter Devos, who chestnut Apart stopped twice in the triple combination. Sweden's Irma Karlsson was also eliminated and Italy's Lorenzo de Luca retired.  There are now only 28 competitors left in the competition  which means all of them will start in Sunday's Round III unless they choose to withdraw.

Watch highlights here 

Result here 

Classification after Competition 2 here


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