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Max Kühner wins the CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix of Budapest

Saturday, 11 August 2018
CSIO5* Budapest 2018

Photo (c) CSIO Budapest / Hajdu Krisztina Max Kühner won the CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix of Budapest. Photo (c) CSIO Budapest / Hajdu Krisztina.

Friday’s undoubted highlight at CSIO5* Budapest was the Longines Grand Prix. The long awaited competition offered the riders 100000 Euro in prize money, and beyond that valuable Herend porcelain and a Longines wrist watch for the winner. Set at 1.60m with 13 obstacles and 16 efforts, the course plan was worthy of world class level competition.

Out of 50 athletes 10 finished with a clear round yet two riders – Turkish Olympic rider Ömer Karaevli and Polish World Cup Final rider Kazmierczak Michal – were truly unlucky to get one penalty each for the time keeping them out of the jump-off. However, Szabolcs Krucso did it for Hungarian spectators’ greatest pleasure.

Szabolcs started both the first round and the jump-off, leaving him little chance to any tactics. In spite of this he showed a convincing ride with Chacco Blue II (Chacco-Blue x Cincaba Rouge) doing all possible cut-offs at a high pace at 42.11 seconds that finally placed him third on the podium.

Only the last two riders were able to make it faster, out of them former German now Austrian Max Kühner who won the class on Cielito Lindo 2 (Clarimox Stauffenberg) with a time of 40.07 seconds.

Emanuele Gaudiano from Italy took second place on the podium with Chalou (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) with a time of 40.32 seconds.

Grand Prix winner of CSIO 2015 Budapest Sören Pedersen from Denmark finished fourth, this time in Longines Grand Prix with Tailormade Chaloubet (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet). Victoria Gulliksen representing Norway also closed with a clear jump-off to finish fifth.

 


Press release from CSIO Budapest

Photo © CSIO Budapest / Hajdu Krisztina

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