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“She’ll be staying in the family though, as she’ll now be ridden by my sister, Sarah.”Julien Epaillard, riding Toupie de la Roque, became only the second Frenchman in history to win the Olympia leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping, thanks to a spectacular burst of speed in the jump-off which relegated last year’s winner, Scott Brash, to second place.“It is a great honour for me to win at Olympia,” said the 40-year-old, who was 0.43 seconds faster than Scott.
Bertram only acquired the gelding a couple of months ago, but their partnership looks well cemented already and they had 0.38 seconds in hand over in-form Dutchman Harrie Smolders who looked to have the class in the bag on Cas.“Harrie is very fast so I knew I had to nail it and I gave it my all,” said Bertram.
“Ursula was fantastic and, although I would love to breed a foal from her, while she’s jumping like this, she certainly isn’t ready to retire.”Scott is now 28John Whitaker was a popular winner of the opening CSI5* class of the day, The Shelley Ashman International Shipping Ltd, E M Rogers (Transport) Ltd Father Christmas Stakes.
Later in the afternoon Harrie Smolders was the only rider to complete all five rounds of The Christmas Masters faultlessly, to take the victory from Britain's Ben Maher.
‘This is his seventh time at Olympia and we nearly gave him a winter break, but the bigger the occasion, the better he goes.’Rebecca Penny was reserve champion with Lynnuck the Snowman, a Welsh Section C by Caerneuadd Hywel, owned and bred by Lynne Scott.
Results:1 Katy Marriott-Payne’s Cadlanvalley Sandpiper (Best of Breed, Welsh Section B)2 Lynne Scott’s Lynuck the Snowman (ridden by Rebecca Penny, Best of Breed, Welsh Section C)3 Sandra Burton’s Banks Timber (Best of Breed, Connemara)4 Bethan Simons’ Ballynacoy Prince (Best of Breed, Welsh Section D)5 Mrs J Pennell’s Nipna Flora (Tayla Lewis, Best of Breed, Dales)6 Heidi Bennett’s Glebedale Jonny Depp (Samantha Roberts)7 The Countess of Shrewsbury’s Chetwynd Jasper (Gemma Pallet, Best in Breed, Welsh Section A)8 Martin Wood’s Swchyrhafod Brenin (Michaela Wood)9 Maureen Richardson’s Dunkery Wigeon (Hayley Reynolds, Best in Breed, Exmoor)10 Mrs G Simpson’s Wortley Golcar Lily (Aimee Devane)Other Best in Breeds: Dartmoor: Miss L A Calcutt’s Shilstone Rocks North Westerly (Chloe Chubb)Shetland: Margaret Summer’s Briar Snowman (Grace Litherland)Highland: Aileen Curle’s Harris of Mendick (Brian Williams)Fell: Jonathan Stevens’s Wildhoeve Okidoki New Forest: Maddison Bishop-Peck’s Hollybrooke Duke The Longines FEI World Cup TM Jumping Leg provided an afternoon of exhilarating sport in the Olympia Grand Hall, with only four of the 36 starters jumping a clear in the first round.