Irish rider Keith Doyle won the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the flagship class of the national grand prix circuit.
Only five riders, all male, made it through to the second round in the class, which was restricted to ladies only until 2008. Drawn second last to go in the jump-off, Keith and Walk Tall II beat the time set by Geoff Billington, the only other rider to go clear, by just 0.3sec.
“This is our biggest win by far – to be honest, I was pleased with two clears so to win is a real bonus,” said Keith, who finished second last month at Hickstead in the Bunn Leisure Derby Trophy.
Walk Tall II is a homebred 10-year-old by Kannan. “We bred four or five foals that year and he was always pick of the bunch,” said Keith. “I may have to sell him on, but it would be nice to keep him for a while and enjoy him.”
Earlier, Hickstead-based Shane Breen the Sky Sports Speed Classic on Ominerale Courcelle. It was the pair’s second win this week, having won the Royal International Vase on Thursday.
The Bunn Leisure Salver was won by Belgian rider Rik Hemeryck and Papillon Z won, ahead of fellow countryman Maurice Van Roosbroeck (Calumet) by 0.13 seconds.
The Longines Royal International Horse Show, the official show of The British Horse Society reached its conclusion today with a revival of the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup.
Nine riders made it through to the CSIO 5* Grand Prix jump-off, out of 47 starters, including young British talents Joe Clayton and Louise Pavitt.
Henrik-Jan Schuttert and the 11-year-old mare Cerona H S, the second-last pair to go, took the lead from French lady rider Marie Hecart. Having posted the fastest time, Henrik had a nervous wait as the former Olympic Champion Ludger Beerbaum was still to jump, but Ludger’s time was fractionally slower and the German had to settle for second.
A delighted Henrik (pictured) said: "This is just amazing for me – to win a show like this is so special. When I went into the lead and saw the time, I knew I could have gone quicker, and with Ludger after me, I thought I was second for sure. But it was not his day, which is excellent for me."
Earlier, 22-year-old Joe Clayton won the Royal International Accumulator on Antello Z.
“It's just fantastic to win a big international class at an event like Hickstead,” said Joe.” I've gone close all week, and this horse was second in another class here so it's great to finally win."
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