Simon Morssinkhof with home win in the Super Cup CSI2* 1.45m Grand Prix presented by Henders & Hazel
Sunday morning's second class at Knokke Hippique was the Super Cup CSI2* 1.45m Grand Prix presented by Henders & Hazel. Belgium’s Simon Morssinkhof on Perigrosso (Perigeux x Grosso Z) took a popular home win, being the quickest in the deciding jump-off with 19 other horse-and-rider combinations. His time of 34.71 seconds was not to beat, even though Dutch rider Kevin Jochems on Carado 3 (Cornado NRW x Lupicor) gave it a good go. But when the clocks stopped on 35.14 seconds for the young Dutch talent, he had to settle for the runner-up position. Morssinkhof’s compatriot Andres Vereecke on Kashmira Z (Kashmir Van'T Schuttershof x Libero H) ended third with his time of 35.22 seconds in the jump-off.
Morssinkhof was happy with his win: "In the first round there were some technical lines, and some really big oxers, they were tough. Also the time allowed was something you had to keep in mind," he commented on the challenges of the first round. "I decided to give it all I have got, and it turned out good," he said about his tactics for the jump-off. "My horse is 12-years-old now, and we have had him since he was six. My sister produced him, and I got to ride him two years ago and we have done the European Championships together also. He has been in good form and I am very happy with him," Simon said about his winning mount. This year was the fifth time Simon competed at Knokke Hippique, and he was full of praise for the event: "This is the most amazing show. It is a bit of a mix of a holiday and showing, with an amazing atmosphere. I love it here."
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