Tess Carmichael left the best until last at the Longines Paris Masters with victory in the 1* grand prix on Atlantis PP Z.
Ten of the 26 starters contended the jump-off over a 1.30m track with Tess and the Air Jordan Z/Corofino I 13-year-old taking the shortcuts to win by 1.60 sec.
"I'm kind of a loyal customer here at the Longines Masters de Paris. It was one of the first big indoor shows I did years and years ago and I just love it! It's such a nice atmosphere and to jump in the same show as the top riders is a really great opportunity for an amateur rider like me. In the jump-off, I knew I didn't have the fastest horse but I'm lucky that he's careful and he tries really hard for me. I just have to do the route that I think suits him best and forget what everyone else is doing!", said Tess.
Four faults dropped Ellie Guy and the seven-year-old Camorra Des Nonains Z down to eighth.
Louise Saywell picked up seventh with a double clear in the 2* 1.45m grand prix with Golden Wave OL. The 10-year-old Nartago mare hasn’t put a foot wrong all show, jumping clear every day and finished with a steady round more than seven sec behind the winner, France’s Tony Cadet on Tolede De Mescam in the 18-strong jump-off.
Four faults in round one of the Longines grand prix put Harry Charles on Lordanos Junior and William Whitaker with Utamaro D Ecassines out of contention and into 16th and 20th. Australia’s Edwina Tops Alexander headed the seven-horse jump-off with California 0.36 sec quicker than Italy’s Alberto Zorzi in second on Contanga 3. Ireland’s Denis Lynch provided the only other double clear for third on The Sinner.
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