World number seven, Daniel Deusser (GER) set a fast pace in the jump-off of the €27,000 Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes CSI 5*, earning top honors aboard the Stephex Stables’ Cornet.
The German was supreme once again aboard the 14-year-old grey Oldenburg gelding, by the leading jumping sire Cornet Obolensky (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I) .
This class bucked the trend, with only four through to the jump-off. First to go, Deusser, who rides for Stephex Stables in Belgium, set a fast pace with a clear in 31.25 seconds.
Simon Delestre (FRA) on Conbelleza (Conthargos x Captain Paul) also left all the fences up but was fractionally slower in 32.07 seconds, finishing in second place.
Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) was third on Idi Utopia (Quasimodo Z x Udarco), registering four penalty-points in 34.07 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Daniel Deusser (GER) & Cornet
“I expected there to be more clear rounds but the track had lots of bends off corners and that seemed to be causing trouble,” explained Deusser, who will ride Cornet d’Amour in the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix CSI 5*. “Cornet is one of my top horses but sometimes it’s nice to drop him into a smaller height competition so that it’s easy for him.”
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Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for Olympia – The London International Horse Show
Photos: © Horsepower / Kit Houghton
Categories: CSI 5*