In the second five-year-old jumper qualifier there was no getting around Cooper VA by Clarimo-Alcatraz-Contender, bred by Manfred von Allwörden.

Performing an absolutely convincing round, the grey stallion, who bears a striking resemblance to his famous sire, took the lead of the 81 strong starter field. Scoring 9.4, Greek rider Angelos Touloupis rode the full brother to Jessica Springsteen’s top horse Cynar VA to victory. Now expectations are high for Cooper VA’s performance in Sunday’s big final.

Photo: Janne Bugtrup