Knokke-Heist, Belgium – July 09, 2022 – The last anthem to roar on the speakers at the Zoute Plage arena on Saturday at Knokke Hippique was the British one. Harry Charles (GBR) and Stardust (Chacco-Blue) claimed victory in the €55,000 Ghelamco Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*. A total of eight combinations cleared both rounds. But the 21-year-old British rider was the fastest aboard the 2010 bay Oldenburg mare, crossing the finish line in 40.53 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Charles was in great company on the podium after facing fierce competition from several of the world’s very best. He was closely followed by the current number-one ranked rider in the world, Martin Fuchs (SUI), who rode The Sinner (Sanvaro x Landgold 3), completing their final effort in 40.77 seconds.
A former leader in the FEI World rider rankings himself, Harrie Smolders (NED) completed the podium. He rode Une de L’Othain (Conterno Grande, Old x Cento) towards a third-place finish, doing so in 41.26 seconds.
Final Results – €55,000 Ghelamco Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*
1) Harry Charles (GBR) & Stardust – 0 / 0 – 40.53
2) Martin Fuchs (SUI) & The Sinner – 0 / 0 – 40.77
3) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Une de L’Othain – 0 / 0 – 41.26
Source: Press Release (edited) from Knokke Hipique
Photo: © Knokke Hippique / Sportfot