Niels Bruynseels wins the Longines Grand Prix of Basel.

Victory for the representative of Belgium and the mare Gancia de Muse, surpassing the veteran John Whitaker of Great Britain and the Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander. (Photo © csi-basel.ch)

 

Belgian Niels Bruynseels won the Longines Grand Prix in Basel, Switzerland, claiming 150 World Ranking points and a prize of 100,000 CHF for the first place.

Starting the regular round a total of 45 pairs to animated the competition which consisted of two rounds and 15 of them, would finish performing both fields. Introduced with 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muse (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) owned by Krystle Vaes Erna-Wiehem, Bruynseels completed his two clear rounds in 41.19 seconds, getting almost 1 second ahead of the British John Whitaker.

The veteran rider keep the second-place was presented with the 12-year-old mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) owned by Team Harmony Management Co LTD, finishing his court in 42.16 seconds to beat the formidable Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander by only 2 hundredths of a second, who was accompanied by the 14-year-old mare Lintea Tequilla (Campbell x Corrado II) of his property, scoring a time of 42.18 seconds.

Belgian Olivier Philippaerts completed the top five of the Grand Prix with fourth place alongside the 11-year-old mare H&M Legend of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf) in 42.56 seconds and fifth the representing of Switzerland was taken by Martin Fuchs with 11-year-old gelding Clooney in 44.43 seconds.

The fight for the world championship and the month-to-month measurement of the FEI Ranking focused on the current moments between the Germans Daniel Deusser and Christian Ahlmann, favored the world number 1 who finished in the 15th position before the former number 1 and current number 2, retired in the first round.

 

Final Results