Scott Brash is third in Geneva's top-billed Rolex grand prix

Scott Brash guided Ursula XII into third in Geneva’s Rolex 1.60m grand prix in a hotly-contended jump-off. It was all about the clock in this star-studded field as seven jumped double clear in the 16-horse jump-off, yielded from 40 starters.

No-one could catch Brazil’s Pedro Veniss as he swept to victory on Quabri de l’Isle, Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts being the nearest rival on H&M Legend of Love for second a quarter of a sec in arrears. Scott finished 0.45 sec behind the winner on the 15-year-old Ahorn daughter. They proved quicker than France’s Kevin Staut, in fourth on Reveur de Hurtebise, and Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson with the great stallion Casall ASK in fifth. The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z took seventh, also on double clear. Michael Whitaker and Viking incurred four faults in round one for 20th place.

Michael scored maximum points in the 1.40m accumulator with the seven-year-old stallion Valmy De La Lande in a steady round to take 17th place. The impressive son of Mylord Carthago stepped up to jump clear in his first 1.50m class here earlier in the week, and took it all in his stride – definitely one to watch in the future.

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