Scott Brash is a very close second in Leipzig

Scott Brash continued his consistent form in Leipzig, taking second with Hello M’Lord in the 1.50m. The Krake ASK 10-year-old was just 0.17 sec behind the winner, France’s Simon Delestre and Chadino in the 13-strong jump-off.

"For the jump-off today you needed a very rideable horse, there was long distances, short turns and the combination needed a careful horse. M'Lord showed all these qualities today," said Scott.

Two British-produced horses now jumping for Ireland were in the mix in the 45-strong class. Bertram Allen with Molly Malone – a Kannan daughter bred by Keith Doyle and ridden by Sian Edwards in her formative years – finished eighth with clear and four, and Dermott Lennon’s Fleur IV – previously with Jude Burgess – took 14th with one time fault from round one.

Hickstead-based Irishman Shane Breen slotted the Carembar de Muze/Quick Star nine-year-old Ispwich van de Wolfsakker into 11th in the speed and handiness 1.45m, where added seconds for a rail down proved costly. The rail down added four sec and dropped them down from a possible second place. Their time was just 0.05 sec behind winner, Belgium’s Pieter Devos on Equipharma Dax van d’Abdijhoeve.

Scott Brash and Hello Annie also jumped with a rail on the floor, and Michael Whitaker guided Con Man JX into a very steady clear.

At Drachten 3* in Holland, James Billington slotted the Mr Blue/Chin Chin 10-year-old Celena VDL into 14th in the 1.40m speed with an easy clear eight sec behind the pace.

And in Wellington, USA, at WEF week 2, Jessica Mendoza eased Wan Architect into fifth in the under 25, 2.64 sec behind winner Lillie Keenan on Be Gentle.

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