Tim Stockdale is best Brit in Gijon Grand Prix, and Dermott Lennon is the winner
Tim Stockdale was best Brit in Gijon’s 1.60m grand prix, four faults in round one keeping them out of the 12-strong jump-off – nine clears joined by two fast four-faulters and one on one time fault – for 13th place. British-based Irishman Anthony Condon also returned four on the Hales family’s home-bred Aristio to take 15th with Sam Hutton and Happydam 17th, also on four. Joe Whitaker and Lola had eight.
An incredible jump-off round by Ireland's Dermott Lennon and the Limmerick 14-year-old Loughview Lou-Lou secured victory. Their amazing gallop to the last beat Egypt’s Abdel Said’s seemingly uncatchable round on California by 0.89 sec.
"I'm delighted, Lou-Lou has been jumping so well all week, I had a feeling she was about to win a good class. Thrilled she did it today! She very much deserves this win," said Dermott.
Robert Smith and Ilton finished fourth in the 1.40m two-phase, 1.02 sec behind the winner. Sam and Iloica VD Bisschop claimed 10th with Tim and Tornado des Monts 14th.
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