Knokke-Heist, Belgium – July 09, 2021 – It was another beautiful day at Knokke Hippique today offering top sport, sunny weather and lifestyle. The Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 3* presented by Baobab, was a real highlight of the day with a great field of riders. In total 79 competitors fought for clear rounds in the the 1.45m table A class, with 15 making it through to the jump-off.
Kara Chad (CAN) on Cristo Beech was first to go in the jump off and rode a superb round, but sadly a slight rub on the final fence meant four faults on the scoreboard.
Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) was next to go on Clin Doeil du Paradis. After his superb performances last week, taking 3rd place in the Grand Prix CSI 3* and a stunning 1st place the day after in the Grand Prix CSI 2*, the hopes were high for another top round today. And he did not disappoint! The black gelding fought for his rider once more and flew over the final oxer. Clear and fast!
The world number one, Daniel Deusser (GER), and his Chacco-Blue mare La Una were another pair through to the jump off and crossed the finish clear after an impressive round. However, his time could not quite match that of the leading rider.
Then Vincent Lambrecht (BEL) entered the arena on S&L Rocky. The Belgian has been on a winning streak the last two days at Knokke Hippique, taking home gold in yesterday’s CSI2* class, presented by Lieven Hendrickx, and again this morning in the CSI 3* 1m40, presented by Top Jumps. And he meant business again, not wasting time and asking his mount for tight turns over each obstacle, which the gelding effortlessly performed. He held for the last and clear in the fast time of 34.79s, meaning he was the new leader!
Last, but by no means least, Luis Ferreira (POR) and Cerruti Van Ter Hulst Z came into the ring focused on the task ahead. The grey mare sped off, clearing fence after fence. Another sensational clear, but just not quite fast enough to beat Lambrecht’s time.
The win, yet again, at Knokke Hippique today went to Vincent Lambrecht (BEL), in second place Luis Ferreira (POR), followed by Guillaume Foutrier (FRE) in third.
What an impressive ranking class and qualifier for tomorrow’s Grand Prix. If today’s action is anything to go by, tomorrow’s Grand Prix CSI 3* will be nothing less than remarkable.
Final Results – €26,200 Speed with Jump-off Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Vincent Lambrecht (BEL) & S & L Rocky – 0 / 0 – 35.01
2) Luis Ferreira (POR) & Cerruti Van Ter Hulst Z – 0 / 0 – 35.54
3) Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) & Clin Doeil du Paradis – 0 / 0 – 35.60
Source: Press Release from Stephex Events / Knokke Hippique
Photos: © Sportfot