Scott Brash hits form in Helsinki

Scott Brash hit form in Helsinki and featured in three of Saturday’s classes at Helsinki's International Porsche Horse Show, winning one and denied another victory by a fraction of a second. Scott was just 0.27 sec away from victory in the 5* 1.60m Grand Prix of Helsinki for second place on Hello Guv’Nor.

A total of 11 from 42 starters over a technical track gained access to the jump-off, with early-drawn Scott skilfully guidng the Diamant De Semilly/Papillon Rouge 11-year-old to post another clear.

But Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels found a slightly quicker route, and took the class on Gancia De Muze, denying Scott the win by a slender margin.

“My round went well, I was happy with my horse and don’t really know how I could have gone any faster – maybe from two to three I could have gone five strides instead of six. Nils did an amazing job,” said Scott.

Four faults in the jump-off dropped Ireland’s Shane Breen to ninth on Tracy Priest’s 10-year-old Market Irminka.

Scott’s good day at the office continued as he and the 10-year-old Hello Forever proved invincible in the 1.50m speed. They won by 1.36 sec in mid-draw from Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Hermes De Mariposa. Tim Wilks and Cherry Ann took 11th with Shane Breen on Ispwich Van De Wolfsakker in 14th.

Scott had started the day with a creditable fourth in the 1.40/1.60m accumulator on the nine-year-old Hello M’Lord. Only six scored the maximum 65 points, and their steady round was more than 14 sec behind the pace.

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