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Nicola Philippaerts concludes the Summer Circuit with a victory


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However Simon Delestre finished ahead of him in last Saturday night’s Grand Prix, Nicola Philippaerts did take his final victory in the 1.50m ‘Small’ Grand Prix on Sunday – the final day of Knokke Hippique 2016. Nicola and Ustina Sitte (by Clinton) turned out to be the only pair to produce two clear rounds. In fact, they were also faster than runner-up Hendrik Denutte, who got one rail down with Antigone Quality (by Berlin). Earlier on Sunday, Hendrik Denutte did take the victory in the 1.35m-class with Doxanne (by Zacharov). Belgium’s Niel Bruynseels finished sixth with Israël vd Dennehoeve, after seven penalties in the jump-off with only seven riders.

Frederic Vernaet settled for the best Belgian result in the CSI1* Grand Prix with the 7-year-old stallion Dieu-Merci van T&L (by Toulon), who finished on only time faults. The victory fell into hand of United Arab Emirates’ Abdullah Mohd Al Marri. The BWP-bred showjumpers Illusion GT (by Couleur-Rubin) and Jasmien vd Bisschop (by Larino) finished second and fourth.

In this year’s new arena the Plage M’as Tu Vu, Belgium’s Karline De Brabander and Hos d’O (Dollar dela Pierre) finished second in the 1.45m-class. Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson took the victory aboard Boston Ask (by Berlin), while Portugal’s Luciana Diniz finished third with her Olympic mount for Rio Fit For Fun (by For Pleasure).

Belgium’s Jos Verlooy also took a win at the final day of Knokke Hippique; Jos claimed the victory in the 1.40m-competition at the Plage M’as Tu Vu riding his new mount Balloon (by Balou du Rouet).