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Bruynseels blazes to victory at CHI Geneva

Saturday, 09 December 2017
CHI Geneva 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Niels Bruynseels with Gancia de Muze. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on the lovely 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) won Saturday’s Coupe de Gevene at CHI Geneva. This class offered the last chance for the riders to qualify for Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix and the 1.55m course demanded a special effort; the course consisted of six obstacles with 13 efforts, with only the first fence being a single one and the rest being combinations. A total of 53 pairs lined up for the challenge, 25 of them still fighting for one of the five spots on offer for Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix. 

”She is a typical mare," Niels said about Gancia de Muze after the prize giving. ”When she is on good form, she only wants to win. But when she has a bad day… everything is impossible," he smiled. ”I am very happy with her today. We did not have the best warm-up for the jump-off because she lost a shoe and it took a while to get it back on. I heard that Henrik was very fast, so I knew I had to take every chance.” 

Eight pairs cleared the demanding first round and with Philipp Weishaupt (GER) opting not to start in the jump-off, it came down to a battle of seven. Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) on the 10-year-old gelding Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan) set the standard by clocking a time of 31,40 seconds, that in the end was good enough for third place. Niels Bruynseels (BEL) and Gancia de Muze did a blazing fast round in 29,92 seconds, securing the win for the pair. Jèrôme Guery (BEL) on the 11-year-old stallion Garfield de Tiji des Templiers (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring de Lauzelle) got close, but had to settle for the runner-up position after stopping the clock on 30,12 seconds, pushing von Eckermann to third. Paul Estermann (SUI) on the 9-year-old stallion Curtis Sitte (Ugano Sitte x Chellano Z) took the fourth place with a time of 31,41 seconds and the fifth spot went to Alexis Deroubaix (FRA) on the 10-year-old gelding Timon d’Aure (Mylord Carthago x Drakkar Des Hutins) with a time of 34,02 seconds. Michael G Duffy (IRL) on Lapuccino 2 (SIEC Livello) placed sixth and Roger Yves Bost (FRA) on Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa D’Elle) seventh. 


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