Saturday's 1.45m Top Series presented by Catherine de Buyl went to Great Britain’s Guy Williams and the 12-year-old stallion Rouge de Ravel (Ultimo van ter Moude x Quouglof Rouge).
This competition counting for the world ranking had a winning round, with the best 25 % – 10 riders exactly – coming back to compete against the clock. For the winning round, all the riders started on a zero-penalty score – which was quite lucky for more than just a few, as only two pairs managed to jump clear over the tricky thirteen fence track set for round one: Belgium’s own Christophe Vanderhasselt on Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco) as well as Canada’s Tiffany Foster on Brighton (Contendro II x Qucik Star) that won Wednesday’s world ranking class at Brussels Stepehx Masters. Two couples picked up time faults only, while the remaining six managed to qualify in with the fastest rounds on four faults.
As the dark fell over Stephex Stables, the floodlights came on and packed with spectators the atmosphere for the winning round could not be better. Coming in as no. six, Guy Williams rode an exceptionally fast round on the agile acrobat Rouge de Ravel – that made light work of the twisting and turning eight fence-track to stop the clock at 42.14 seconds.
This was a time no one else could match, closest came Vanderhasselt on Identity Vitseroel with a time of 43.97 seconds. Brazil’s Joan Victor Castro – who had four faults in round one – and Quentin PJ (Quidam de Revel x Escudo) also went clear over the winning round track to finish third, in 45.67 seconds. Sweden’s Evelina Tovek took fourth, and Belgium’s James Peeters fifth.
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