Sweden sweeps to victory
The Swedish team swept to victory in the Longines FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain to win the Edward Prince of Wales trophy for the first time and making it back-to-back wins after winning in their home country in Falsterbo two weeks ago.
They were strong from the off with Fredrik Jonsson on Cold Play, British-based Angelie von Essen with Dave Quigley’s Luikan Q and Peder Fredricson with Zacramento all jumping clear in round one, anchor Rolf-Goran Bengtsson didn’t even have to jump Oak Grove Carlyle.
In round two, Fredrik just had one fence down while Angelie and Peder posted double clears to secure victory.
Angelie was one of seven riders to share the 50,000 euro bonus for jumping double clear with the Luidam 10-year-old Luikan Q.
“The horse is absolutely amazing, I wanted so badly for him to jump double clear as he has come close so many times,” she said.
Reigning champions Ireland were hoping to retain the trophy they won 12 months ago but they had to settle for second this time on eight faults. Pathfinder Anthony Condon with the Hales family’s Arko Stallion SFS Aristio and anchor Paul O’Shea with Imerald Van’t Voorhof both returned magnificent double clears. Brian Cournane on Armik and Michael Duffy with Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars came home on four in both rounds.
British hopes of a first home victory since 2010 were dashed from the outset when pathfinder Amanda Derbyshire and Roulette took a fall at the intimidating open water. Both were taken off for assessment.
James Wilson clocked up 12 faults first time out with Imagine De Muze but improved with just one mistake for four faults in round two. Amy Inglis returned on eight and four with Wishes but anchor Ben Maher proved his worth with a double clear on Tic Tac. But it wasn't enough to pull Britain up the order and they finished last of the eight competing nations on a total of 28 faults.
With only the last leg of the Europe Division 1 series left to go, at Dublin (IRL) in two weeks’ time, they now have a lot to do to qualify amongst the top seven nations that will make the cut to the Longines Final in Barcelona (ESP) in October.
Amanda received an injury to her face, caused by the peak of her riding hat. She was taken to the nearby Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to be checked over.
Roulette BH got straight up from his fall and walked onto the horse ambulance. He is being assessed by Sussex Equine Hospital Vets.
There was reassuring news on Friday evening.
“Amanda is all good, just a superficial injury to her face” said Hickstead’s Edward Bunn. “The horse had an x-ray and nothing special was found and he is now being transported to the closest clinic to be observed” he explained.
Amanda had been having a good show, clocking up her second win in as many days with Oasis Spirit in the Bunn Leisure International stakes. The pair raced to the top in the 1.45m speed, the Cobra nine-year-old finishing with 0.90 sec to spare.
Jess Mendoza made it a British one-two with second place on the Dollar Du Murier 10-year-old Dollar Girl 46 and Harriet Nuttall finished fourth on Night of Glory OL.
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