Belgian Niels Bruynseels made himself at home by winning the Rolex Grand Prix at CSI5* Brussels Stephex Masters, beating Simon Delestre and Leopold van Asten. (Photo © jerroenwillems.be)
The last class of the CSI5* Brusseles Stephen Masters could not have a better end to the crowd, when Niels Bruynseels won the Grand Prix.
Playing the €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix presented by Audi, Belgian Niels Bruynseels led the jump-off round with 9 riders classified in an environment charged with many emotions, where the winner secured 150 World Ranking Points and an Audi 5 as part of his prize.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Venzzani had a number of interesting questions, demanding each rider his maximum qualities, being Niels Bruynseels who undoubtedly along with his 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) would get the highest honors.
Completing just three double clear round in the Grand Prix, the final set was led by 35.36 seconds of Niels Bruynseels, escorted by former world number 1 Simon Delestre with his 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon d’Anzex) in 36.18 seconds and third place was Leopold van Asten of the Netherlands, recording a time of 38.03 seconds with the 11-year-old mare VDL Groep Beauty (For Pleasure x Contender).
Although one of the great favorites and best seeded of the class Lorenzo de Luca of Italy completed its route in 36.30 seconds, it did not obtain a better classification when overthrowing a pole with the 10-year-old gelding Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) finishing fourth and in fifth place German rider Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann finished in 4 fouls and 37.03 seconds accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Goja 27 (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro Vd Begijnakker).
For the Pan-American Ranking the four-time American Olympic medalist Beezie Madden ranked sixth, totaling 4 fouls in 37.48 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II) and adding 75 World Ranking Points. Lauren Hough also scored points in 14th with the 12-year-old mare Adare (Royal Bravour x Burggraaf) in a 4-foul regular round. For his part the best seed of the class and World Ranking Leader Kent Farrington, completed his round of 4 fouls in 18th place alongside the 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido) out of the points.
Passing to the Latino Ranking Cassio Rivetti of Brazil finished in 36th place with accumulated of 12 faults along with the 9-year-old stallion Ulahop Boy (Lamm de Fetan x Kannan) in time of 77.54 seconds and his countryman Yuri Mansur chose to retire next to the 12-year-old gelding Iron Chin vh Lindehof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor).