Christian Ahlmann and the pride and joy of Studfarm Zangersheide, Dominator Z, became second in the world cup competition of Leipzig yesterday. The elite squad consisted of 40 combinations, of which 17 were German ones. We saw 16 candidates return for the jump-off, in which Germany was also most strongly represented with 7 competitors. Nevertheless, it became an Irish victory instead of a German one.
For the last two years Christian Ahlmann has been unbeatable in Leipzig. In 2019, he guided Caribis Z to the win, after in 2018 Taloubet Z retired from the sport with a blistering victory. This year he saddled another Z stallion and quite a nice one too! After the second place of Dominator Z (Diamond de Semilly x Cassini I) during his World Cup debut in Madrid and the fact that the Leipzig leg is Christian Ahmann's favorite competition, the German crowd had high hopes for these two. Moreover, Christian was already in the winning mood because just before the World Cup he claimed the victory in the final for 8-year-olds with Mandato van de Neerheide.
Dominator Z, came, saw and almost conquered! Ice put down another clear in a fast chrono of 33.77 seconds, good for the provisional leadership position and it seemed that Christian was about to make it three-in-a-row.
Watch the jump-off of Christian Ahlmann and Dominator Z over here:
Course designer Frank Rothenberger provided a a risky short-cut on this jump-off track. Christian Ahlmann didn’t take it, but the Irish rider Dennis Lynch did. He finished within the same second but was slightly faster in 33.16 second and secured the win with his 14-year-old GC Chopin's Bushi. Marcus Ehning and Comme Il Faut, the Cornet Obolensky son out of Ratina Z, closed the top three. Emilio Bicocchi and Evita SG Z (Verdi x Codexco) were also clear in 34.88 seconds and ended just outside the podium places. This duo already took Friday’s biggest win at 1.50m level. Michael van der Vleuten and Beauville Z confirmed in the WC as well with two clears. Their time of 35.54 seconds resulted in a fifth place after they had also collected an earlier third place in Leipzig.
Afterwards Christian Ahmann was very happy with his second place: “Dominator Z was amazing! I didn't take the inside turn because he isn’t experienced enough yet and you had to do it today to win. Dominator Z is developing very well and he is definitely a horse to keep an eye on for the future. He has been breeding a lot in recent years and that's why he didn't jump so much as a young horse. It is still too early to talk about the Olympics, but we will see”, he said.
At 1.45m level, Angelique Rüsen jumped to tenth place with Corico Z, the nine-year-old Z stallion of Coriano Z out of Cocaine Z (Caretano Z), who is also the dam of Tabou Z (1.60m with Victoria Colvin), Zaza Z (1.50m with Lillie Keenan), Crowntano Z (1.45m with Judy Ann Melchior) and Candico Z (1.45m with Maria Sole Campinoti).