Super-cool Angelie von Essen seizes victory at HOYS


Angelie von Essen left the best until last in the Thistledown Stakes to snatch victory with the impressive Cochella.

Eight from a startlist of 28 successfully negotiated Kelvin Bywater’s 12-fence track to come forward to the jump-off with fourth-drawn Helen Tredwell posting the first of the double clears on the nine-year-old Funnycan.

She was immediately relegated by Julie Andrews on Ayrton then Michael Whitaker on the seriously scopey Valmy de La Lande – and still they went faster. Ireland’s Denis Lynch sliced 1.71 sec off Michael’s time on Caruso but the win was still not in the bag.

Angelie – based in Britain but riding for her native Sweden – cut almost impossibly tight on two crucial turns to eclipse them all, securing the win by 0.17 sec on the 13-year-old Cartani/Lord mare Cochella.

"She’s an unbelievable, amazing horse," Angelie said. "She’s quick and so careful, you just present her to the jump and you know she will jump it. For me it was just about getting round as quick as I could."

Denis took second on the Chacco Blue 10-year-old Caruso with Michael on the nine-year-old Valmy De La Lande (Mylord Carthago/Starter) in third ahead of Julie on Ayrton and Helen’s Funnycan in fourth and fifth places.

Flying Frenchman Geoffroy de Coligny set off at the gallop and maintained a relentless pace to set a sizzling and unbeatable target with Raimondo Du Plessis for victory in the accumulator with joker, leaving the British contingent trailing in his wake.

“My horse is very quick and ideally suited to this type of class,” said Geoffroy, who was on his first visit to the Horse of the Year Show.

Twenty-seven bid for the top spot with Friday night’s winners Harry Charles and Victor setting an early target. But Geoffroy blew it out of the water, wiping an incredible 2.42 sec from the time. Guy Williams did his utmost but could only take third with Rouge De Ravel ahead of The Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder in fourth on Glock’s Zaranza. Eleven posted maximum scores with Nigel Coupe fifth on Jubilee III and Robert Smith slipped Cimano E into sixth.

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