Stephex Stables’ own Daniel Deusser (GER) made it a double of wins at the Brussels Stephex Masters when taking the top honours in Saturday night’s CSI5* 1.50m Henders & Hazel Prize, riding the 12-year-old gelding Calisto Blue (Chacco Blue x Con Air).
“Two wins in a row at home, that is quite amazing! I am really happy today,” said the German rider who also won Friday’s Audi Prize with Killer Queen VDM (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure).
The best 12 horse-and-rider combinations moved on from the first to the second round in this 1.50m competition worth €50,200, also counting for the world ranking.
Riding for the hosts, Daniel Deusser delivered again with a double clear round in a time of 42.12 seconds – this time with Calisto Blue. "On the straight lines I knew I would not be the fastest, I added a stride there so I wanted to be good on the two roll-backs – on number 5 and number 7 – and both of the turns worked really well," Deusser explained about his tactics for the second round. "Calisto is a very consistent horse, he has been placed already for the whole year in all kind of classes," he said about his winning ride.
The Belgians came strong in force: Jos Verlooy (BEL) and the 10-year-old mare Jacobien Dwerse Hagen (Va-Vite x Querlybet Hero) took the runner-up position, while Frederic Vernaet (BEL) and the 10-year-old gelding Euphoric Van Beek (Clintord x Up and Down Celle Broderbos) placed third. Thursday's winner, Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) on the 10-year-old gelding Vintadge de la Roque (Kannan x Galoubet A), had to settle for the fourth spot this time around while the fifth spot went to Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and the 10-year-old mare Enneble van het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Argentinus).
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