a99e84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02World champion wins President's Cup jump-off999e84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____World champion wins President's Cup jump-offJos Lansink, the world champion, kept the best for the last to win the President's Cup on his 12-year-old mare Valentina van't Heike.<p>Jos Lansink, the world champion, kept the best for the last to win the President's Cup on his 12-year-old mare Valentina van't Heike at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club last night.
The Belgian edged out Lars Neiberg of Germany, who was on the 12-year-old dark bay gelding Lord Luis, and Ben Maher, the Briton, on another 12-year-old gelding Robin Hood W in the jump-off between 11 riders.</p>
<p>Lansink is preparing the mare for his title defence at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, US, later in the year.
"I came with the aim of winning this prize and it's a good start for the year," he said. "The grand final event ended in a climax, which was a deserving finale for Abu Dhabi's first big jumping event."
Michel Hecart, of France, won the penultimate prize in the Nations Cup Championship - the Class 5 Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club Table Against the Clock in a time of 56.04secs after a faultless piece of work on Norotn De Vains, the nine-year-old gelding. Ali al Qassimi rode Tissano to victory in the Meydan Mini Grand Prix Table Against the Clock. The Emirati claimed the prize after a jump-off from the Egyptian, Khaled Ali on Karamana, and compatriots Saeed Ali Khamis, on Cappuccino, and Nadia Taryam, on Belise.</p>