Andrew Nicholson cruises to victory at Luhmühlen

By: Horse Deals


Andrew Nicholson cruises to victory at Luhmühlen
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Andrew Nicholson and Mr Cruise Control claimed top spot in a fantastic finish at Luhmühlen, presented by DHL Paket, the penultimate leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™.

It was the 51-year-old New Zealander’s fourth CCI4* victory in a year, but the first for his long-time owners, Robin and Nicky Salmon, who have often seen their striking  grey gelding come close to major honours without ever taking the big prize.

"He’s a big horse that’s taken time but he’s kept improving through all his training, and that means that out of all my four-star wins this one is particularly rewarding," said Andrew, who has now won four of the world’s six CCI4*s.

Britain’s Zara Phillips, who finished second on Trevor Hemmings’ High Kingdom, put pressure on Andrew right until the end with clear round in the jumping.

"He was too ice-cool," said Zara. "Thank goodness he can’t ride at the Europeans!"

Both leading horses are Irish-bred: Mr Cruise Control is by the great jumping sire Cruising and High Kingdom is by Master Imp.

William Fox-Pitt’s two horses, which rose to third and fourth places with immaculate clear rounds, are both from continental stock.

Neuf des Coeurs, third, is a Selle Francais by Nidor Platier, and Lionheart, fourth, is a German-bred by Lancer lll.

"It’s been a happy weekend," said William Fox-Pitt, who has now overtaken New Zealand’s Jock Paget in the HSBC FEI Classics™ to lie second behind Andrew Nicholson. "It was great to have both horses jumping and galloping so well and I couldn’t be more pleased."

Final results

1 Andrew Nicholson/Mr Cruise Control (NZL) 38.0 + 0 + 0 = 38.0

2 Zara Phillips/High Kingdom (GBR) 39.7 + 0 + 0 = 39.7

3 William Fox-Pitt/Neuf des Coeurs (GBR) 47.7 + 0 + 0 = 47.7

4 William Fox-Pitt/Lionheart (GBR) 48.2 + 0 + 0 = 48.2

5 Kevin McNab/Clifton Pinot (AUS) 47.5 + 0 + 4 = 51.5

6 Andrew Nicholson/Rathmoyle King (NZL) 48.0 + 0 + 8 = 56.0

7 Marilyn Little/RF Demeter (USA) 53.5 + 0 + 4 = 57.5

8 Jonelle Richards/Flintstar (NZL) 51.5 + 0 + 8 = 59.5

9 Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon (GER) 48.3 + 3.6 + 8 = 59.9

10 Lucinda Fredericks/Flying Finish (AUS) 36.7 + 19.6 + 4 = 60.3

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