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Jack Whitaker & Valmy de La Lande Jump to Victory in €27,000 The Longines Christmas Cracker CSI 5*-W

London, England – December 18, 2021 – Nine combinations went through to the jump-off in the €27,000 The Longines Christmas Cracker CSI 5*-W. Eager to set an unattainable target, the first four to go against the clock all picked up penalties en route. Great Britain’s Jack Whitaker (GBR) was the first to post a clear, jumping a smooth but relatively conservative round aboard Valmy de la Lande to ensure his place in the prizes. With those who followed also accumulating faults in their attempts to increase the pace, Finland’s Noora Forsten (FIN) was rewarded for her tactics in jumping a steady clear round, finishing in second, with Harry Charles back in third, the fastest of the four faulters.

Winner’s Circle – Jack Whitaker (GBR)

A delighted Whitaker said: “It’s difficult to put into words to be honest, I’ve been wanting to compete here since I was a little kid. I’ve been coming to this show for as long as I can remember, it’s what I’ve always dreamed of and I got lucky tonight. It wasn’t a great jump-off course for me tonight and so when I saw the ones ahead of me knocking jumps down I thought I might get away with just jumping a nice clear, and I did.”

Jack Whitaker (GBR) & Valmy de La Lande

Final Results – €27,000 The Longines Christmas Cracker CSI 5*-W

1) Jack Whitaker (GBR) & Valmy de La Lande – 0 / 0 – 41.48

2) Noora Forsten (FIN) & Con Caya – 0 / 0 – 43.50

3) Harry Charles (GBR) & Valkiry de Zance – 0 / 4 – 36.39

Source: Press Release from Revolution Sports for The London International Horse Show

Photos: © The London International Horse Show / Kit Houghton