Egyptian Abdel Said took a comfortable win at the Opglabbeel Grand Prix in Belgium, beating Belgian rider Kevin Gielen and Irishman Bertram Allen. (Photo © horseman.be)
Egyptian rider Abdel Said completed a comfortable lead in his jump-off round to take the victory at CSI2* Opglabbeek Grand Prix in Belgium.
The course designed by Henk Linders of Holland was perfect for the execution of Abdel Said and his 8-year-old stallion Jackson de Regor (Vagabond de la Pomme V39940 x Querlybet Hero Q34591) in his jump-off, stopping the clock in 40.41 seconds and taking 50 World Ranking Points.
After 60 riders took part in the regular round, Abdel Said was escorted by house rider Kevin Gielen with the 11-year-old stallion Captain (Contendro I x Caretino) recorded 42.06 seconds, followed in third place by the fasted Irish rider Bertram Allen alongside 9-year-old gelding Gk Casper (Canto x Quantum) in 42.18 seconds and fourth place was Pieter Devos of Belgium with the 11-year-old gelding Gin D (Clinton I x Skippy II) in time of 43.24 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil had the last double clear round, a result that allowed him to occupy fifth place with the 12-year old gelding Iron Chin vh Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor) in 45.00 seconds and secure 30 World Ranking Points. Meanwhile the Brazilian Eduardo Damiani Filizola finished within the points in 16th place with the 8-year-old mare Jella van’t Kathof (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Calvados), exceeding the time allowed of the course and being penalized with 2 fouls.
Out of the points were the former latino Ranking leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil in 17th place accompanied by the 12-year-old stallion Alicante (Casall x Indoctro) in a 4 fasted faults regular round. His fellowman Rodrigo Mesquita Marinho with the 15-year-old gelding Cleofas van Westuur (Toulon x Wibramino) totaled 6 fouls in 33rd place, Colombian rider Rene Lopez completed his tour in 11 fouls with the 9-year-old mare Destiny’s Child (Sandro Boy x Corland) in box 43rd, Mariel Victoria Aguirre from Mexico with the 15-year-old gelding Cortez (Quick Star x Quito de Baussy) did it in 14 fouls to finished 47th and Nicolas Toro of Colombia with 16 fouls was 48th accompanied by the 9-year-old gelding Desperado (Cardento x Lord Z).