The Japanese rider Toshiki Masui was left with the victory in the opening of the CSI3* Opglabbeek overcoming the American Reed Kessler and Brazilian Pedro Veniss. (Photo © equnews.be)
Japanese rider Toshiki Masui was left with the victory in the first class of the CSI3* Opglabbeek in Belgium, securing 50 World Ranking Points.
Being the world number 1,898 and accumulating 30 points in his World Ranking account, Toshiki Masui got his first FEI victory since 2015, becoming the big surprise in the €25,000 Prijs Stephen Horsetrucks.
Toshiki Masui was presented with the 12-year-old mare Taloubetdarco KZ (Taloubet K x Darco) to finish in 44.48 seconds and take a 61-cent second lead over his closest rival.
For second place Reed Kessler of the United States and also representing the Pan-American Ranking, completed her course in 45.09 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Christy 3 (Christiano x Arpeggio) and took 45 FEI Ranking Points.
The third place was for the Latino Ranking Leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil, performing with the 11-year-old mare Sun Flower Du Theil (Allegretp x Quidam de Revel) to register a time of 45.19 seconds, which took 40 World Ranking World Points, marking a good start for the South American rider.
Completed the top five finishers in fourth place Bart Bles of the Netherlands with a time of 46.01 seconds accompanied by 9-year-old stallion Comino (Cassini II x Corrado I) and fifth place Spencer Roe of Great Britain in 46.41 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Wonder Why (Padinus x Laurin).
Also by the Latinos managed to get points the Brazilian rider Cassio Rivetti, who demolished a pole in the jump-off and finished 13th next to the 9-year-olg gelding Chicago HOF Evergem Z (Con Spirito R x Papillon Rouge).