The Swiss rider finished in fifth place in today’s speed class, which kicked off both the team and individual competitions. He and Adolfo Juri’s Leone Jei jumped a class clear 0.2 of a second behind fourth-placed Olivier Robert of France.
Martin said he was very pleased with the nine-year-old gelding, who has never jumped either a speed class or in a championship.
“I haven’t done many fast runs with him yet; a couple of jump-offs, but not over a whole course, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to be today,” he said. “I just tried, from the first to last fence, to have a good pace without doing anything crazy! And I was actually very excited to see that I was then sitting in second place.”
Martin said of course the situation is different for the title-holder at a championship, but he does not put any extra pressure on himself owing to that.
“It’s almost more the other way around, because I’ve won it already, so it’s just a bonus what is coming this week,” he said.
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Martin added that he had also had a positive update on Clooney 51, on whom he won his 2019 European Showjumping Championships title, who sustained a humerus fracture in the field shortly after the Tokyo Olympics.
“This morning, one hour before the class, I got a great phone call from Professor Furst who is taking care of Clooney, to say he for the first time, took him out of the box and did a couple of steps,” Martin said. “He sent me a video, which was sent to all; everybody here is very excited too.
“Very good news, a good day.”
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