Marcus Ehning wins the Rolex grand prix

Cool, stylish but nevertheless, ruthlessly quick, Marcus Ehning claimed the CSI5* Rolex grand prix at Indoor Brabant, s-Hertgoenbosch on the scopey Cornado NRW.

They had almost a sec in hand over nearest rival and fellow German Hans-Dieter Dreher with Cool and Easy.

"I was really pleased with my horse, he was fantastic. It was a great course and great fans as always here," said Marcus.

A field of 40 from 13 different nations tackled Louis Koninckx's 13-fence track set with a very tight time, but such was the calibre, 12 jumped clear.

Scott Brash and Hello Forever jump a first round clear in the Rolex Grand Prix

Rolex testimonee and the first and only winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Britain's Scott Brash was amongst them.

Last to go Scott had jumped a super first round clear, but Hello Forever wasn’t quite in harmony with him in the jump-off, and an early back rail put paid to their chances. Scott slowed to finish ninth on five faults. Four faults in round one put Michael Whitaker and Viking out of the running. Michael, however, did take fifth in the accumulator on Valentijn R on maximum points but more than two sec behind the winner, Italy’s Emauele Gaudino and Carlotta 232.

ROLEX GRAND PRIX 2016 RESULTS 1. Marcus Ehning (GER), riding Cornado NRW 2. Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER), riding Cool and Easy 3. Willem Greve (NED), riding Carambole N.O.P. 4. Jos Verlooy (NED), riding Sunshine 5. Simon Delestre (FRA), riding Qlassic Bois Margot 6. Daniel Deusser (GER), riding Cornet D'Amour 7. Penelope Leprevost (FRA), riding Vagabond de la Pomme 8. Gert Jan Bruggink (NED), riding Vampire 9. Scott Brash (GBR), riding Hello Forever 10. Leopold Van Asten (NED), riding VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P.

Photo © Rolex/Kit Houghton