Jos Lansink and Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde) pleased the home crowds by winning Mechelen Grand Prix - a 1,50 m class with 41 riders in it on Saturday night. Ten riders made it to the jump-off in the class, and half of them were from the host country Belgium - much to the joy of the audience.
Gerco Schröder and New Orleans (Colbert x Carthago) were first to go against the clock, and the Dutch rider did his best to put pressure on the rest of the field - but New Orleans' bucking on the long distance between fence one and two made them lose time. Eventually they ended fourth.
Gregory Wathelet with the fantastic Holsteiner stallion Conrad (Con Air) did a great jump-off and crossed the finish line a second faster than Gerco at 37.37 seconds - taking the lead. Next out was another home rider; Gudrun Patteet riding Sea Coast Ferly (Calato x Darco) and she slotted into second place, half a second slower than Gregory.
One rider later it was time for Jos Lansink and Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde), and both horse and rider looked like they were determined to win the class - fighting their way through the course - and with full speed to the last fence they took over the lead with a time of 36.30 seconds.
None of those to come could catch Jos; Eiken Sato with Q Royal Palm Z (Eras-van Wien x Quidam de Revel) ended on eight faults while Annelies Vorsselmans and Vingino (Voltaire x Cassini) got ten faults after two down as well as two time faults. Philippe Le Jeune and Loro Piana Filou de Muze (Stakkato x Rubens du Ri d'Asse) had to see one pole fall. Beat Mändli and Croesus (Casall x Coronado) did a good try, but had to settle for the fifth after ending their round in 38.58 seconds. Lars Nieberg and Casallora (Casall x Lennon) ended the jump-off by having one down, but as the fastest four faulter the German rider ended sixth.
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