The Egyptian Abdel Said was superior in the jump-off against Darragh Kenny of Ireland, gaining a lead over 2 seconds. (Photo © paardenfotograaf.be)
The Egyptian rider Abdel Said added a new 2017 victory, to take now the €60,500 Grote Prijs Centrauto BMW – Flandria Rent.
Although the victory represented 50 World Ranking Points for Abdel Said, he maintains a good streak when he added his fifth victory of the year, completing a jump-off round in 41.45 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrillo x Balou Du Rouet) owned by As Sport Horses.
The course designed by Eddy Geysemans saw 48 pairs in the regular round, to then step into the jump-off with 9 classified riders led by Abdel Said, who achieved a relative comfortable lead over 2 seconds before Irish rider Darragh Kenny and his 9-year-old gelding C’Est Beau (Calido I x Grannus) owned by Jorge Matte.
The double clear round extended to fourth place, completing in 44.08 seconds Jeroen Appelen of Belgium the third position next to the 11-year-old gelding Grappeloup van het Reenhof (Latin x Kashmir van Schuttershof) and his compatriot Rik Hemeryck was fourth with the 9-year-old gelding Bretling du Paradis Z (Bamako De Muze x Vigo D’arsouilles).
For the Latino Ranking his former leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil finished fifth, completing a good jump-off round in 42.06 seconds, but knocked down a fence with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gothardsen) and add 30 World Ranking Points. The current Latino Ranking leader and also Brazilian Pedro Veniss escorted him in sixth place, being his result of 4 faults in 44.06 seconds next to the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri).
Out of points ended by Latinos Mark Bluman of Colombia in 23rd place with the 11-year-old stallion Gamko S (Heartbreaker x Carthago) accumulating 5 fouls in the regular round, Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes did it in 8 fouls to finish 32nd with the 12-year-old gelding Quintol (Quintender x Cento), while Brazilian Pedro Muylaert was 43rd with the 10-year-old gelding Chacote (Chacco-Blue x Quick Star) in a field of 13 fouls.