France’s Kevin Staut did not go for anything less than a victory aboard Ayade de Septon HDC in today’s CSI5* 1.55m VDL Groep Prize at Indoor Brabant. A star-studded field of riders was defeated by the Frenchman and the 10-year-old mare sired by Wandor van de Mispelaere. Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and the 17-year-old Casall Ask settled for runner-up position, while former world number one Scott Brash and Hello Forever ended up third.
In the nicely built 1.55m course at the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch some of world’s best riders gave it a go for the victory. A ninth starter, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and the fabulous Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I) had a wonderful round from start to finish stopping the clock on 64.61 seconds. Scott Brash, who recently had to pass on his Longines World Number One spot to France’s Simon Delestre, rode the 10-year-old Hello Forever in the 1.55m class. Last year, the For Pleasure-son caught the eyes at Indoor Brabant - jumping one of his first five-star shows. Today, Hello Forever showed what he is worth, but could not make Casall Ask’s time as 0.29 seconds separated the two.
Although Bengtsson and Brash gave it a good try, no one could match Kevin Staut today. He made it a true race against the clock aboard the extremely careful Ayade de Septon HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy). With no hesitation at all and only forward distances, Staut destroyed Bengtsson’s time of 64.61 seconds as he finished on 62.07. A time no one else could even come close to.
Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts had a nicely ridden round with H&M Forever d’Arco ter Linden (Darco x Tenor Manciais), finishing fourth in 68.86 seconds. Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher, who settled for runner-up position in today’s opening class, ended up fifth riding Cool And Easy (Contender x Riverman).
1.50m Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch Prize for Nicola Philippaerts
Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts secured a victory aboard H&M Quenzo de la Roque (Kannan x Jasmin) in tonight's 1.50m Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch Prize at Indoor Brabant. Over a tough 1.50m course with a very tricky, early combination, only four riders kept a clean sheet. Nicola Philippaerts became a convincing winner with a time of 57.94 seconds, followed by Germany's Christian Ahlmann and Reavnir in 61.73 seconds. France's Roger Yves Bost and Record d'Oreal finished third.
Jur Vrieling wins opening class at home soil
Dutch star-rider Jur Vrieling took home the victory in today’s opening class with the 11-year-old stallion Arezzo VDL (Chin Chin x Heartbreaker). The former ride of Jessica Kürten jumped to a time of 25.56 seconds in the second phase of the CSI5* 1.40m Brabants Dagblad Prize. Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher settled for second aboard Callisto (Casall x Acorado), while Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano ended up third with Carlotta 232 (Chaccomo x Cento).
Text © World of Showjumping by Peter van der Waaij // Picture © Leanjo de Koster/www.digishots.nl.
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