Dutch showjumper Michel Hendrix took the "biggest win" of his career when landing the CSI4* Bolesworth International Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
And his audience raised a glass to the appropriately-named Baileys (Indoctro x Come On) after Hendrix guided the 10-year-old gelding to victory by more than three seconds in the jump-off of Bolesworth's headline class, sponsored by Equerry Horse Feeds.
Thirteen combinations went through from round one, including the solitary British clear - defending champion Yazmin Pinchen. Four managed double clears, but no-one threatened Hendrix's time of 43.88 seconds as he won a top prize of £19,500 as second last to go in the 1.60 competition.
Colombia's Roberto Teran came closest, clocking in on 47.11 seconds aboard Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z) while Cheshire-based Paul Kennedy was third on Cartown Danger Mouse with Pinchen claiming fourth on Ashkari (Tornado).
"It was an absolutely great win," 29-year-old Hendrix said. "My horse is jumping really good lately. We were very close a few times in past grands prix, and finally today it happened. That would be our biggest win."
"It was a tough course. When I walked it, I thought it was big enough," commented Hendrix. "The triple combination was quite fair, but the last line was very difficult. In the end, I took seven strides to the last double, and he cleared it very well. There were no issues with the rain - the footing is so great here."
"I have had the horse about 18 months and built him up from 1.30-metre classes. He is an unbelievable fighter in the ring, very careful and scopey," Michel continued. "Baileys has been very consistent here this week. I knew that Laura (Kraut) was to go after me, and she is very fast, so I thought I had better give it a go, and it worked out well."
Source: Press release from Bolesworth International // Picture © World of Showjumping
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