Robert Smith and Scott Brash are in winning mode at Bordeaux

Brits were on form in Bordeaux, with Robert Smith and Scott Brash claiming victory. Robert pushed the Uananiem 10-year-old Cimano E into a win in the table C 1.45m speed and handiness to win by 0.58 sec.

France’s speedy Julien Epaillard beat the time easily on Sheriff de la Nutria LM, but a rail on the floor added four sec and they dropped to second. Only 20 contended here, with Ireland’s Denis Lynch taking sixth on Ho Go van de Padenborre.

Scott Brash jumped to the top in the 1.45m speed in Bordeaux with the Contendro I/For Pleasure 13-year-old Hello Annie. They posted a stylish yet deceptively fast clear to win by 0.32 sec over Colombia’s Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo on Cuplandra. Ireland’s Bertram Allen and the 10-year-old High Valley took third in the 33-strong class. Robert Smith returned on eight faults with Ilton to drop down to 21st.

Scott eased Ursula XII around Friday’s initial 1.40m to finish on one time fault. And the warm-up paid off, with Scott and the Ahorn 16-year-old posting a first round clear in Saturday’s 1.60m FEI world cup qualifier. But the jump-off went against them and they returned on eight faults for 17th place in the 19-strong jump-off. France's Julien Epaillard took a surprise win on Quatrin de la Roque LM with 1.79 sec in hand over the Netherlands' Leopold van Asten and VDL Groep Zidane NOP.

"Things hadn't been going great, my horse felt tired so I gave him a rest after La Coruna [in early December]," said Julien. "We started again in Oliva Nova before coming here, but this was only preperation for Sunday's grand prix, I wasn't expecting this to happen!"

Scott is the only Brit to currently lie in the top 18 of the FEI world cup western European league in 15 th place on 35 points. France's Kevin Staut is leader on 78 points, a comfortable 11 points ahead of second-placed Lorenzo de Luca of Italy with Denis Lynch in third. Gothenburg, Sweden, is the 13th and final leg on 22 - 26 February before the final in April.

At Offenburg, Germany, in the 1* 1.35m bronze final, Jack Whitraker pushed Cherryfras de Railfo Z into fourth spot after collecting one time fault in the first round.

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