CSI 5*

Holly Smith & Fruselli Charge to Claim the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes CSI 5* for the King’s Cup

Windsor, England – May 14, 2022– The top class international competition continued on day three of Royal Windsor Horse Show CSI 5*, with the world’s best show jumpers in action. Other action included the Inter Schools Show Jumping Competition supported by Mochara, which was won by Seaford College. There was also a presentation to the Best Turned Out Trooper, which was awarded to Prince Ainuson riding Northumberland. 

Late in the day, attention turned to the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup. The 1.55m course set by Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) proved challenging, with just three combinations progressing through to the jump-off. First into the arena for the second round, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), set the standard with a clear round on Cash du Plessis, in the time of 33.63 seconds.

Holly Smith (GBR) & Fruselli

Holly Smith (GBR), a former winner of this class in 2019, made up time with tight turns throughout and galloping down to the last to take over the pole position aboard Fruselli (Zambesi TN x Karandasj). With only one combination left to go, the duo had already secured at least a second-place finish with their time of 32.17 seconds.

It was all down to Abdel Saïd (BEL), who put in a strong performance aboard Casalor ( Casall x Acodetto) to threaten Holly’s lead, but in the end could only manage enough for second place with their time of 33.31 seconds.

Winner’s Circle – Holly Smith (GBR)

“I am elated with Fruselli today – he was incredible, and I am so pleased for his owners Sue and Gordon Hall. I won this class in 2019, on the Hall’s Hearts Destiny, who sadly passed away two years ago, so to win here today on this horse feels extra special. The course rode really well, so I was surprised there were so few clears. In the jump-off, I took risks and really went for it, as the worst I could be was third, but those risks played off! I love it here and the crowd has been amazing – it is such an honour to win on home soil.”

Final Results – €25,500 Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup  CSI 5*

1) Holly Smith (GBR) & Fruselli – 0 / 0 – 32.17

2) Abdel Saïd (BEL) & Casalor – 0 / 0 – 33.31

3) Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Cash du Plessis – 0 / 0 – 33.63

Source: Press Release (edited) by Niki McEwen / Revolution World for the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Photos: © Royal Windsor Horse Show