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Bruynseels sets Mechelen on fire

Saturday, 30 December 2017
CSI5*-W Mechelen 2017

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Niels Bruynseels and Gancia de Muze won the Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

Friday's highlight at the CSI5*-W event in Mechelen, Belgium, was the 61,800 Euro Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix. Ten out of the 42 riders cleared their way over the 1.50m track set by Eddy Geusemans and team, that counted 13 obstacles and 16 efforts in the first round. The hosts were on top form, with five out of the ten that joined the jump-off over a shortened, seven-fence track being Belgians. 

The fully packed Nekkerhal was lit up when Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) on the 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) took an early lead, galloping over the finish line in a time of 31,77 seconds. Soon after, with the tiniest of margins, Pieter Devos (BEL) on the 12-year-old gelding Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) pushed Philippaerts down to second place after clocking a time of 31,7. But Devos had to settle for the runner-up position in the end, when last to go in the jump-off, Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on the 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) blazed over the finish line, taking home the win with a time of 31,53 seconds. "I was beaten by my best friend," Devos said afterwards. "I could not be happier for him." 

Cristophe Vanderhasselt (BEL) on the 9-year-old mare Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco) took the fourth place with a time of 32,90 seconds, while the fifth spot went to Johnny Pals (NED) on the 9-year-old stallion Chat Botte du Ruisseau Z (Casall x Darco), after the pair clocked a time of 34,51. 

"It is a very special win here tonight," Bruynseels commented after the prize giving. "The atmosphere here in Mechelen is just unbelievable, and my horse is just fantastic – she always tries her best for me." 

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Mark McAuley and Valentino Tuiliere took the top honours in the 1,45m speed and handiness competition presented by Samsung. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

The 1,45m speed and handiness competition presented by Samsung went to Mark McAuley (IRL) on Valentino Tuiliere (Diamant de Semilly x Silvio) with a time of 57,75 seconds. Francois Mathy Jr. (BEL) on Falco van de Clehoeve (Quickfeuer van Koekshof x Fellini) took the runner-up position with a time of 57,83, while Julien Epaillard (FRA) on Instit de Jucaso (Cooper van de Heffinck x Darco) placed third after clocking a time of 58,09. Daniel Deusser (GER) on SX Hidalgo VG (Quadrillo x Andiamo) took the fourth place with a time of 58,90 seconds, while the fifth spot went to Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco) with a time of 59,87. 

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The BHV Queens Cup went to Petronella Andersson and Mouse. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

The 1.45m BHV Queens Cup went to Sweden's Petronella Andersson. Riding the 19-year-old gelding Mouse (Limbus x Grundyman XX), Andersson clocked the winning time of 34,20 seconds in the jump-off of four. Amy Inglis (GBR) on the 13-year-old mare Every Way (Upsilon van de Heffinck x Beach Boy) placed second and Claire Putters (BEL) on the 12-year-old mare Fa Belle van Sombeke (Querlybet Hero x Mr. Blue) took the third spot. Marjan de Wachter (BEL) on the 8-year-old mare Darcotique v.T Meulenhof (Marius Claudius x Quidam de Revel) placed fourth, and Hanne Mertens (BEL) on the 9-year-old gelding Brunello di Fer (Bamako de Muze x Calato) took the fifth spot. 

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