Nicola Phillippaerts takes a well-deserved victory !
The Thursday evening class of Knokke Hippique was used by some of world’s best riders as a final preparation for Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix presented by Porsche. Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Quenzo de la Roque turned out to be the best pair against clock over the five-star 1.50m course. Even better than Jérôme Guery and his potential Olympic mount Papillon Z. Last year’s winners did some serious training for Sunday’s jump-off, but finished two seconds to slow to better Nicola Philippaerts’ time. Reigning Olympic champion Steve Guerdat and Albfuehren’s Happines finished third, followed by Niels Bruynseels and Gancia de Muze – last week’s winners of the Grand Prix in Bonheiden. Only Gregory Wathelet and Oh d’Eole managed to be faster then Nicola Philippaerts, but unfortunately they knocked down the last vertical.