Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 22
Nicola Philippaerts had the good fortune to draw the very last starting place in the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI***** with H&M Harley VD Bisschop, which meant he also got to start last in the jump-off for the class. He’d watched Jessica Springsteen blaze around the short course with Cynar VA in 41.29 seconds, and so his plan wasn’t complicated, but it also wasn’t easy. He needed to go clear, and he needed to go fast.