Shane Breen (IRL) gave a masterclass in cool-headed speed jumping to win Thursday’s main class, The €27,000 Ivy Stakes CSI 5*, sponsored by Champagne Taittinger yesterday during Olympia, The London International Horse Show CSI 5*-W in England
Breen, riding the 13-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood stallion Golden Hawk (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Chin Chin), was first to go in a marathon 15-horse jump-off, but no one could match his clear in 33.41 seconds, and the run of Irish luck continued after compatriot Darragh Kenny’s double yesterday.
In an international line-up, the 2012 Olympic champion Steve Guerdat (SUI) finished second 0.5 seconds slower on Corbinian (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot). Geir Gulliksen (NOR) was third for on Gin Chin van het Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Calido I), formerly the ride of Ireland’s Bertram Allen, and riders from Portugal, France and the Netherlands filled the next four places with Ben Maher the best Brit in eighth place.
Amazingly, this is Breen’s first full week at Olympia (he has competed in the Puissance before) and he revealed that the victory had cost him four watches – thinking it unlikely, he promised four children that he would buy them one each if he was successful.
“It looked a tricky enough jump-off course but the horse got in a nice rhythm and it came my way,” said Breen.
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Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for Olympia – The London International Horse Show
Photo: © Horsepower / Kit Houghton
Categories: CSI 5*