Simon Delestre and Qlassic Bois Margot won the Grote Prijs Topsport Vlaanderen Friday evening in Mechelen. The course consisted of 13 fences and the line 6 to 7a and b (a square oxer with four strides to the vertical - oxer combination) and 12 a, b and c (oxer - vertical - oxer) caused most problems. Only seven riders out of the 49 that started cleared the first round and qualified for the jump-off.
Simon Delestre with Qlassic Bois Margot (L'Arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A) was first to go in the jump-off. Simon put on a good speed and cleared the course in 37,56 seconds, which turned out to be impossible to beat so he kept his lead throughout the jump-off.
Roger Yves Bost was supposed to start as the next one in the jump-off with Nippon d'Elle (Scherif d'Elle x Narcos II) but he decided not to start, so instead we got to see Philippe Le Jeune with Carlino STX (Carvallo x Romino). Philippe wanted to give the home crowd a Belgian win but his speed made three poles fall on the way to the finish line. Next out was Pius Schwizer with Verdi III (Hors la Loi II x Cantus). Verdi, who did an amazing first round, started off just as well in the jump-off but the b-element of the second last fence and the last fence fell.
Jerome Guery with Upper Star (Metall x Zeus) was the second home rider in the jump-off and he pleased the audience when he went in on a second place. The next couple that went into the ring is always fast - Hans-Dieter Dreher with Constantin B (Contendro x Espri) - and today was no exception. They ended the course in 36,88 seconds, but four fault stopped their way to a victory.
Denis Lynch's All Star (Argentinus x Alme) looked like he never would land in the first round and he jumped just as high when the speed went up in the jump-off. The pair took over the third place with a clear round. Stephex Stable's Eiken Sato with Espyrante (Obourg x Peuillac de Meia Lua) was last to go and got four faults in the middle of the course - so they had to settle for the fourth place.
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