No director could have done it better and many had hoped for this outcome – however, everybody knows how hard it is to predict the winner of a Grand Prix. And then it happened: Casall AKS, the famous Holsteiner stallion under Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, whose career was to end after this Grand Prix won the competition. The now 18-year-old Caretino/Lavall son, who has a great reputation as a sport horse as well as sire, jumped like a young horse. In 2011 the Swedish rider had already won the competition in Klein-Flottbek with the dream horse and now they did it again. In the jump-off they had to outperform four other pairs and in the end it looked as if it was easy, as if the performance of Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z was almost a joke. Bentsson and Casall won more than two seconds ahead of the Dutch rider with the Diamant de Semilly son. “It is a dream come true,” Rolf-Göran Bengtsson said. “When you are planning to retire a horse at his home event and the horse finishes its career with a victory that is simply unbelievable.” Third place went to German Christian Ahlmann with 13-year-old Belgian gelding Epleaser van’t Heike.
After the fifth stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour the current number one is Italian Lorenzo de Luca, second Dutch Maikel van der Vleuten. Harrie Smolders is currently ranked third.