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Michel Hendrix hits the right note to win the CSI4* Bolesworth International Grand Prix

Sunday, 19 June 2016
CSI4* Bolesworth 2016

Victory for Michel Hendrix. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.
Victory for Michel Hendrix. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

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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