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Magic Maher claims top spot in CSI4* Grand Prix at Tops International Arena

Sunday, 09 May 2021
CSI4* Tops International Arena Spring Event 1 2021

Photo © Tops International Arena Ben Maher and Ginger Blue won Sunday's CSI4* 1.55m Grand Prix at Tops International Arena. Photo © Tops International Arena.


Edited press release from Tops International Arena



The opening event of the season at Tops International Arena was received with great enthusiasm by the riders and it offered top-class sport to the viewers at home. The highlight of the first Spring Event, the CSI4* Grand Prix, was held on Sunday afternoon.

It was a wonderful conclusion to a great weekend. In the first round, 11 combinations managed to qualify for the jump-off. Swiss rider Bryan Balsiger was the first to set a fast time with 12-year-old mare AK's Courage (Chepetto C x Lennon 5). The next four combinations, Kevin Jochems on Turbo Z (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Renville), Harrie Smolders on Bingo du Parc (Mylord Carthago*HN x Diamant de Semilly), Cian O'Connor on Kilkenny (Cardento x Guidam) and Gilles Thomas on Konak (Nabab de Reve x Cash), could not improve that time. It was Ben Maher who rode a superb round with the KWPN mare Ginger Blue (Plot Blue x Royal Bravour) and crossed the finish line 0.08 seconds faster, thereby taking over the lead. The last rider, Dutchman Marc Houtzager, made a very serious bid for victory. He was faster, 39.85, but at the cost of a fault on the very last obstacle. Maikel van der Vleuten finished third with Beauville Z (Bustique x Jumpy des Fontaines). A great result considering it was Beauville's first competition after a period of rest.

Maher was happy with his victory. "There was quite a big and rather tricky course with difficult distances. I often had to make an extra stride. Ginger Blue is very careful. She gave me a very good feeling in the first round and that gave me confidence for the jump-off. I did what I could and Ginger Blue is by nature a very fast horse. Everything went as it should. This is a nice boost for the coming season."

Belgian Wilm Vermeir became the winner of the 4* Table A direct on time with the nine-year-old KWPN mare Hotshot (Carembar de Muze x Calido I). He thereby beat the 2017 European Champion, the Swede Peder Fredricson who had saddled Thelma Hastak (Heartbeat x Comes van de Heffinck) for this competition. Third place was for Dutchman Kevin Johcems with Egwel (Singapore x Quasimodo Z).

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