Scott Brash settles for second in Shanghai
Scott Brash jumped into second on the final day in Shanghai with Hello Jefferson.
Thirty-nine tackled the 1.55/1.60m speed which ran concurrently with the second leg of the Global Champions league with Scott producing a foot-perfect round on the Cooper V Heffinck/Irco Mena 10-year-old to finish 2.42 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Karel Cox on Evert.
Shane Breen eased Colmar into eighth spot in the 5* 1.45/1.50m speed. The big-striding Colestus nine-year-old looked in contention all the way but a hold-you-breath moment with a stride added at the last minute cost them and they finished almost two sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet on Qualido 3. William Whitaker was also clear for 12th on RMF Charly in the 36-strong class.
Israel’s Danielle Goldstein – with trademark feathers flying in her hair – bagged the Longines grand prix in a strong nine-horse decider with Lizziemary – a British-bred Cabri D’Elle 13-year-old produced in Britain by Emma-Jo Slater for Kim Barzilay and later ridden by Billy Twomey before being sold. Danielle had just 0.08 sec to spare over Ireland’s Darragh Kenny on Balou Du Reventon.
“We all come here with a mission and I feel I accomplished my mission today," said Dani. “I am really delighted today. My horse jumped amazing and it all worked out for me. I didn’t nail the first line the way I’d have liked, but I made it up somewhere else. This is the one everyone wants to win — we’ve come a long way, so this has made it all worthwhile and the crowd has been amazing. I love China and have been here many times so be able to come here and feel I’ve inspired young girls — everybody — is amazing.”
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