“We ascended fast, very fast.” Niels Bruynseels said, laughing after his victory in the Grand Prix of Basel with 10-year-old sBs gelding Delux van T & L by Toulon. He only has had the ride of the Landetto grandson for seven months, but the Belgian said he had had the quality of a superstar from the beginning. And with every event and competition they had attuned better. “I hope we have not yet reached the end,” so Bruynseels, who already won the Grand Prix of Basel two years ago, then with Gancia de Muze. “And I don’t think it is the end yet.” Bruynseels thinks the gelding could be a new horse for championships, even though he did not like to “number” his horses. But he had the quality. And he had trusted his horse that they could finish the jump-offs with 13 participants in first place: “When he listens to me he can be incredibly fast. And he is very cautious.” Delux and Bruynseels will also attend the World Cup competition on Sunday. Currently the Belgian has 31 points, some more should be added. “If I don’t reach the final I can’t change that. I will stick to my plan. I will ride Amsterdam and Bordeaux and not more.”
Second place went to Dutch Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof’s Calimero by Quidam de Revel and third place to French Philippe Rozier with Cristallo A Lm.