Marcus Ehning claims a breath-taking win in Madrid

German master Marcus Ehning gave a stunning display in a thrilling nine-horse jump-off to take the top spot in the world cup qualifier of Madrid on the super-scopey stallion Comme Il Faut. Utilising his trademark, super-tight turns, Marcus secured victory from France’s Kevin Staut on Aran by 0.42 sec, although the jump-off didn’t quite go to plan for the unflappable German.

“I didn’t have a good shot to the [second last] vertical, so I knew I had to make that tight turn if I wanted to win,” said Marcus after taking a near-impossible inside line to the last.

After Ben Maher and Diva dropped out of the running with four fault sin round one, Scott Brash was the sole Brit in the jump-off and posted a good double clear on Hello M’Lady for third, beating Germany’s legendary Ludger Beerbaum and Casello into fourth.

"I’m very happy with her, she was out for most of the outdoor season so it’s great to have her back in top level sport,” said Scott.

Marcus was very proud of the 11-year-old Comme Il Faut, a stallion son of Cornet Obolensky and Ratina Z – Ludger Beerbaum’s five star winning mare.

“He has famous parents and he’s an incredible horse, you can see he’s clever and careful and he did a super job in the jump-off,” he said.

Scott jumped into eighth place in the hotly-contended Coca Cola 1.45m with Hello Forever, the For Pleasure 10-year-old finishing two and half sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Maikel Van De Vleuten on VDL Grope Quatro marking their second win of the week.

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