In Friday's only five class at the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, it was Belgium's Gregory Wathelet that was the best riding Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken). Wathelet was one of nine riders going clear over the first round thirteen fence 1.50 track set by Louis Koninckx, and with fast names in the jump-off such as Hansi Dreher and Penelope Leprevost is was bound to be a race.
And it was Hansi Dreher that set the target as first to go on Embassy II (Silvio I x Escudo I) – being blistering fast around the shortened track with a great turn to the third last vertical before he raced down to the penultimate oxer and turning on a coin to go flat out to the final vertical. The time was good; 37.47. They all tried, but it was not until Gregory Wathelet came in as third last to go that somebody managed to do anything with the time – but Greg chased every fraction on the thirteen year old stallion managing to shave the time down to 36.63 seconds. Third in the class was another Belgian rider; Jos Lansink on Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde) 0.10 seconds behind Hansi's time.
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