Windsor, Berkshire, England – May 15, 2022 – The €25,500 Manama Rose Show Stakes CSI 5* was a speed class with riders jumping one round of 12 fences against the clock. Home favorite, John Whitaker (GBR) took an early lead, setting the standard with an impressive display of speed and agility. Compatriot Guy Williams (GBR), known for his skill against the clock, set off meaning business but took an extra pull down to the last which denied him pole position. It was Britain’s leading lady rider, Holly Smith (GBR), fresh from victory the day before, who was the first to put Whitaker’s lead in jeopardy, and with a forward stride to the last, shaved 0.61 seconds off his time to take the lead at the midway point.
Shane Breen (IRL) stepped up the pace once again, galloping flat out to the last to set what looked to be an unbeatable target. However, ultimately it was Harry Charles (GBR) who showed his class, taking over the lead with just four to go with a slick performance aboard Billabong du Roumois. The 22-year-old and the 2011 chestnut Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago*HN x Papillon Rouge*Normandie) shaved off over two seconds from Breen’s time to take the victory, the perfect preparation for the afternoon’s Rolex Grand Prix.
Winner’s Circle – Harry Charles (GBR)
“He is a new horse to me, and this is our first win together. He is a fantastic horse, who is extremely fast and has a lot of potential, so I am really excited about our future together. I didn’t watch anyone in the jump-off, I just stuck to my plan which was to start off conservatively and build up the speed as the course went on. I can’t believe that we were two and a half seconds faster than everyone else – it truly is an ode to how fast the horse is. He is very similar to my top horse, Stardust. Both are naturally quick and careful – those horses are hard to beat!”
Final Results – €25,500 Manama Rose Show Stakes CSI 5*
1) Harry Charles (GBR) & Billabong du Roumois – 0 / 57.25
2) Shane Breen (IRL) & Haya – 0 / 59.79
3) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Ace Of Hearts – 0 / 60.36
Source: Press release by Niki McEwen / Revolution Sports for Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photo: © RWHS – Royal Windsor Horse Show