Laura Renwick is victorious at Olympia

In a British one-two at Olympia, Laura Renwick posted the first British win with the Shelley Ashman/EM Rogers Transport Father Christmas accumulator aboard Yazmin Pinchen’s Con Chilli, pushing William Funnell into second.

“She’s naturally quick and I took a bit of a chance to the last – the Joker is so much bigger than the rest and there to catch you out and she jumped it really well,” said Laura, who has ridden the 11-year-old Con Air mare for two months.

“I want to say a big thanks to the Pinchen family for giving me the horses to ride, I’m just keeping them going so they’re ready for Yasmin, who is pregnant.”

Olympia is one of Laura’s favourite shows.

“It’s one of the pinnacles of the year and it’s at home in Britain. It’s wonderful to be here and wonderful to win,” she said.

William Funnell brought the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve 13-year-old Billy Angelo into second, 0.43 sec behind Laura. Ireland’s Anthony Condon took third with borrowed ride Fiona V/H Lemmenshof – the usual ride of Louise Simpson.

Robert Bevis claimed fifth on the Cheers Cassini 11-year-old Pebbles IV, just behind Sweden’s Malin Baryard Johnsson on H&M Second Chance, and Ben Maher slotted Cassius Clay into sixth. Scott Brash lost one point after having the first fence down on Hello M’Lady to finish on 64 points and 12th place.

And Laura was also best Brit in the Christmas Masters, taking third with the Pinchen’s Hearbreaker eight-year-old Dominant H at only their second show together. Only three reached the fifth and final round, with four faults dropping Laura down to third. Ireland’s Bertram Allen took the win on the nine-year-old High Valley with Malin on H&M Indiana in second.

Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca gambled with ultra-tight turns at a flying pace to take his second class of the week on the Heartbreaker nine-year-old Halifax Van Het Kluizebos. They wrested the top spot of the Martin Collins Enterprises 1.55m Stakes from Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Hidalgo VG by 0.45 sec.

Ben Maher’s early lead claimed and eventual third with the Quaprice Z/Jus De Pomme eight-year-old Don Vito in the 14-strong jump-off. Four faults dropped John Whitaker and the For Pleasure 11-year-old Ornellaia to 10th and William Funnell took 12th on the Cevin Z eight-year-old Billy McCain. Scott Brash and Hello M’Lord had four faults in round one and Jess Mendoza’s Toy Boy returned on eight.

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