13/09/2020 – The Open finals scheduled for yesterday night in Cremona (IT) were a beautiful ending of the IRHA Derby 2020. The level was absolutely high. Being the very last entry, Cira Baeck (BEL) and Phantom Face owned by Maria Cecilia Fiorucci performed fantastic, a real pleasure to watch. The top score at that moment was a 225,5 marked by both Sebastiano Valtorta (ITA) with Four Season Whiz owned by Luca Mauri and Mirko Midili (ITA) with Maytheforcebewithyou owned by Alberto Capello. Baeck had a nice run-in and back-up and pushed a little bit harder on the spins, not completely without risk. The first set of circles were good, the second set just beautiful and Baeck continued with good rollbacks. It was unnecessary to take any risk performing the last sliding stop, doing good was just enough. With the final score 228,0 the €32.000 added L4 Derby Champion title was a fact. Valtorta and Midili shared the co-Reserve Champion title. Marking a 225,0 with Gunners Specialolena owned by Diego dalla Gassa Ann Fonck (BEL) tied for 4rd place and marking a 223,5 with Spook N Ruffles owned by Brigitte Steiner for 7th place. With her 2nd finalist Ebony Trashya, also owned by Fiorucci, Baeck posted a 219,0 placing 17th.
Both the € 11.000 added L3 Derby Champion- and € 7.000 added L2 Derby Champion title were claimed by Valtorta. The L3 Reserve Champion title was for Guglielmo Fontana (ITA) end Gunner Likestoboggie owned by van Francesca Re posting a 223,0; 3rd place, posting a 223,0, for Pierluigi Fabbri (ITA) and Gunnit in Hollywood owned by Azienda Agricola Piero Pollarini. Posting a 221,0 Francesco Barbagli (ITA) and Matilda Mobster owned by Jerzy Szumanski claimed the Reserve Champion title; 3rd place was for Lena-Marie Maas (GER) and her own Chic Heidi posting a 219,5. Maas also claimed the € 4.000 added L1 Derby Champion title. The Reserve Champion title was for Giovanni Zucchi (ITA) and Brownlenium owned by Nicola Fappani, posting a 214,0; 3rd place for Genni Lazzarino (ITA) and Diggin With Dynamite owned by SRL MBN, posting a 212,5.
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Photo: Phantom Face and Cira Baeck. Photo: Andrea Bonaga, ITA