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Smith Wins Goteborg Trophy

Robert Smith from Shrewley, Warwickshire rode to victory in the Goteborg Trophy held Saturday 10th April at
CSI-W Gothenburg beating a world class field. Robert riding his own 12 year-old grey gelding, Kalusha jumped a double clear round beating Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa and Baloubet du Rouet by just 0.15 seconds. Top German riders Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning finished in third and fourth places respectively. John Whitaker and Lord Z finished in 8th place with four faults in the jump-off. Full results are as follows:-

1st Robert Smith GBR Kalusha 0 0 29.61
2nd Rodrigo Pessoa BRA Baloubet du Rouet 0 0 29.76
3rd Ludger Beerbaum GER Gladdys S 0 0 30.08
4th Marcus Ehning GER Sandro Boy 0 0 30.97
5th P.L. Aufrecht GER HL Abrisca 0 0 32.80
6th T. Lund DEN Lanthanid 0 0 33.41
7th L. Heed SWE Colmubus H 0 0 34.32
8th John Whitaker GBR Lord Z 0 4 31.17

Michael Whitaker was also on form in Goteborg, winning the opening class of the show with Portofino 63 and Friday's Knock-Out competition with First Samuel. Robert also finished second in a speed class with Kalusha and John Whitaker and Lactic Two finishing in second and third in Friday's speed competition's. Michael Whitaker was the highest placed Brit in the World Cup Qualifier finishing in =11th place riding Anne Bedford's stallion, Handel II.

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