Jerome Guery and Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I) gave the crowds some exciting moments before they started their winning jump-off in the Longines Grand Prix in Lummen today. No other rider out of the ten that made it to the jump-off could do anything about Guery’s time and just three riders did a double clear round.
It was a difficult Grand Prix track that the course designers Somers and Geysemans presented to the riders. The rain pouring down over the grass ring didn't make it easier. It was the two combinations that caused most problems with 5 a, b and c having short distances in between, and the two verticals at 12 a and b were placed just behind the open water. Still ten out of the 47 riders made it to the jump-off.
Gudrun Patteet was the first one to clear the course after a really well ridden round with Sea Coast Pebles Z (Picasso Z x Flamenco de Semilly) and was thus the first to go in the jump-off. There it didn't quite go Patteet's way and two poles fell.
Next out was the winning pair Jerome Guery with his new ride Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I). It didn't even look like they would make it through the start line though, as Papillon Z was of the opinion that he should rather leave the ring instead. But Guery convinced him and off they went - clearing the track in 43.27 seconds.
Wouter Devos and Tonik Hero (Ogano Sitte x Elegant de I'lle) got eight faults while Karel Cox ended the track with four faults riding Gentleman (Couleur Rubin x Clinton). Niels Bruynseels and Pommeau du Heup (Helios de la Cour II x Thurin) did an impressive first round and the lovely chestnut stallion kept on jumping great in the jump-off as well – just as in the Nations Cup on Friday where the pair produced one of the two double clear rounds. That lead to a clear round in 45.06 seconds, which was good enough for the third place in the end - also securing two Belgian riders in the top three.
Then the faults kept coming - Nicolas Delmotte ended the course with four faults riding Number One d'Iso Un Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Tu Viens), as did Simon Delestre with Qlassic Bois Margot (L'arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A) while Nicola Philippaerts with Bisquet Balou C (Balou du Rouet x Polydor) and Cassio Rivetti with Vivant (Fuergo du Prelet x Landino) had to settle for eight faults.
Harrie Smolders was last to go and did a great jump-off with the very well jumping Emerald (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago), but had to settle for the second place being slightly slower than Guery - ending the track in 43.38 seconds.
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