Niels Bruynseels of Belgium showed his favoritism in the Grand Prix taking victory against the Portuguese Duarte Seabra. (Photo © Tomas Holcbecher)
The closing of CSIO4* Linzer Pferdefestival at Austria won the most important class of the week Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels with 11-year-old mare Cas de Liberte (Cracky Z x Chellano Z) owned by Malisart Wim.
Being undoubtedly the main favorite of the class and showing that his great leap in the last measurement of World Ranking taking him to 13th place, it was not mere chance and completing a tiebreaker round in 44.02 seconds, Bruynseels wins the €62,300 Grand Prix of Linz presented by Feinkost Sprehe on course designed by German Frank Rothenberger. Being the first of two double clear for the winner, second place was for Portuguese Duarte Seabra next to 10-year-old gelding Fernhill Curra Quinn (Harlequin Du Carel x Clover Hill) registering a time of 44.81 seconds, while the best time of the competition was Manjun Kwon of South Korea in third place, stopping the clock in 41.58 seconds with 13-year-old stallion Coral Springs (ARD VDL Douglas x Cavalier Royale) with 4 fouls.
Completed the Top 5 German Felix Hassman in fourth place with 12-year-old stallion Cayenne WZ (Claudio x Remirado) in course of 4 fouls in 41.60 seconds for the tiebreaker and in fifth box Emma Augure de Moussac representing Czech Republic with 9-year-old mare Diva (No Limit x Ticallux Verte) in 42.84 seconds with 4 fouls.