The withdrawal of Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Clarimo Ask piled the pressure on Sweden in the closing stages, but despite not jumping in round one it was anchorman Peder Fredricson and the gelding H&M All In who clinched it.
"I warmed up for the first round but all our riders went clear so I didn’t have to go, and I thought I’d save my horse in case there was a jump-off. The fences were a bit bigger in the second round but he jumped great, and this is his first 1.60m competition since we won the silver medal in Rio because he had colic surgery, so I’m very happy!”
Peder Fredricson (SWE)
With 16 faults each to add, the German and Irish teams lost their grip on the lead and it was the first-round four-faulters from Italy and Spain who, posting eight more second time out, jointly moved into third spot at the end of the day.
Brilliant double-clears from Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (Cantinero) and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (Bianca) kept these two sides neck-and-neck as round two got underway. With Bengtsson out of commission the four faults posted by Douglas Lindelow (Zacramento) left them still on level pegging when Switzerland’s Werner Muff (Daimler) also lowered the widened middle element of the triple combination four fences from home after Romain Duguet (Twentytwo Des Biches) put eight on the board.