Highlights of the Olympia Grand Prix, featuring many of the world's best show jumpers. Presented by Clare Balding, with commentary from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.
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Hello and welcome to the grand Hall at Olympia in West London for the
annual extravaganza of show-jumping. A show mixing fun, entertainment and
top-level sport. We all about jumping today. Not that kind of
jumping, show-jumping. Andy Austin will eat in the commentary box
later, this is a big course for the prize. -- will be in. This is five
foot three vertical. It is going to be difficult to jump. The atmosphere
is building, it will be packed. This is what they have to contend with.
The triple bar, and straight into this very severe plank, about five
foot four! It is four strides and is very tight. As they comment on the
end of the arena, the horses will find this very short -- as they come
to. I have two go right up in the air, and this fence is five
footfall. -- five foot four. And this is totally flat. So that could
come off? And the horses have to be so concentrated because they come
running next to the crowd. Everybody gets excited and there is tension,
it is so exciting. When they come down here, they are jumping right
into the crowd. A lot of distractions. Very difficult. Ten
British out of 34, where do we see the title going? I am convinced we
will get a British winner tonight, a couple of names, Mike De Schmeichel
Whitaker, Scott Brash, but I think this track might suit the veteran,
58 years old, John Whitaker. That would be a real story.
You go from the noise and the lights and the glamour of the arena to
backstage where it is quiet and everybody concentrated. He will be
an early Jumper. Back there is Peter chance, she is strange in her
behaviour and is not like anybody, and a strange head carriage. -- she
does not like anybody. Maikel van der Vleuten is in the black jacket,
he won the World Cup chats -- class on Saturday, he is only 24 years
old. There is also a British rider, Daniel Neilson, one of the finds. He
has had a third-place in the World Cup, he would be another big class
rider of the future. -- he will be. Robert Whitaker will be an early
starter. Laura Renwick is the leading rider
of the week so far. Let's join our commentary team, Andy Austin and
Mike Tucker. A good-looking competition for this
Olympic Grand Prix, it has produced some great night for international
show-jumping over the years. We are looking for a really good jump off
tonight. Not the biggest course, and what of big verticals. -- a lot of.
We start with the 33-year-old Harrie Smolders, from the Netherlands. He
is 22 in the world. He has been a very good rider, all sorts of horses
for many years. He can also ride top-class horses. Chosen tonight to
ride. He will be riding Emerald, the Horsey has used as his Grand Prix
horse in the autumn circuit. -- the horse he has used. Second in the
World Cup at Toronto. He also went pretty well in the Grand Prix in
Doha, the champions tour final. But around the latter part of this
course. Where are the problems? -). -- right around. The triple bar to a
tall point. There is another vertical straight out of the corner.
It is very tight, the four strides. Another difficult vertical here.
Brilliant through -- brilliantly through. What a very good start.
Time allowed is 66 seconds. Not in any hurry to get inside that times
-- that time, and general thoughts are the time will be slackened off,
but a good ride to start with. Well done, were you expecting that?
We always expect a first at my horse is nine years old and does not have
much experience, but a very promising stallion. Will you be
hoping everybody messes it up? That would be good! But I am sure we will
get an exciting jump off. Well done. This crowd ready for action. It has
been sensational, right from the boat in -- the opening night. We saw
the wonderful Andalusian School. And then the world record. Great spirits
tonight. Robert Whitaker. He will regard this as his best horse. It
won the Grand Prix and probably his better result was more recently,
where he finished third in the Grand Prix of Hanover in a very good
competition. This horse has unbelievable power, but he just
needs to keep his concentration. That is the casual jump, just when
he did not need it. Right inside the time. He has had a frustrating week.
When horses do things like that, Robert got in, perfect stride, did
everything correct. A lot of frustration on his face, nothing
much he could have done. We have seen very little of this
horse this week. This is his best horse. Whisper has been used most of
this week. But this is a big winner for this talented Frenchman. Simon
Delestre. On the legal book power in the tank. Huge strides. -- on the
legal power. -- unbelievable. Simon Delestre is a very strong rider. He
got tight to that. Definitely an option around that
distance to go six or seven. That was lucky. Got very close to the
triple bar, that was good tactics. Get the horse in the air, did not
want to be making up ground with such a big striding horse.
Lovely! He was second in the Maastricht Grand Prix. To Maikel van
der Vleuten. Michael on the World Cup round yesterday. -- Maikel this
is very efficient. The horse had a little run on that big vertical.
Clean everywhere else. Peter injured his hand very badly in
October, he has had a lot of time out. But he is back in form. Horse
jumped very well here yesterday. A good round. A good World Cup. Peter
Charles is the man who one can still see raising his arm when Britain
clinched Gold in London. This horse is quite unique. She sticks her nose
out and runs around, Peter Hass to let her go her own way -- Peter has
to let her go her own way and he has two trust her to jump. She made up a
lot of ground. -- has to. A French horse with a lot of blood, it will
be difficult here. She will have to be shortened up. He thought he got
away with it, he did everything he could. But with that big stride, she
is now getting too forward. Rather fell apart towards the end.
He won it in 1993. He was riding for Ireland at that stage. But he came
back to ride for Britain and was instrumental in that Gold medal. He
did everything he could to settle her but he made up so much ground
with her. At the end of the track, she started diving. She can do that
on the second part. But her head down and she threw herself on to the
second. Nothing he could have done about that. Now the man who won the
World Cup round, 25-year-old Maikel van der Vleuten. His father has been
a world class rider and has won a World Cup right here. Neither of
them have ever won the Grand Prix. -- ride here. He won the Grand Prix
in Maastricht and yesterday he won the Masters. A very close final
jump-off for the Masters. He is in tremendous form, this man. Always
fascinating to see younger horses coming up to the top level. This
classically bred Dutch horse, a lot of scope. Maikel van der Vleuten is
just getting to build a strong team of horses. Right at the top of the
sport. She has got so much power, look at
the height. This certainly is a proper
championship Grand Prix jumper. Two for Holland now, Harrie Smolders
with the first comment now this man, Maikel van der Vleuten the next.
Joined by Geir Gulliksen and Simon Delestre. This is a lovely round, a
younger horse being tested and coming up with the right answers.
Staying careful and concentrating on the last fence. -- until the last.
This man on the World Cup on Saturday, you must have so much
confidence? Yes, it gives you a good feeling. If your horses are in good
shape, your riding ability, you believe in yourself and that is what
you have to do. You have some periods in the year that the horses
are in good shape and I tried to do the best myself. How much reaction
have you had at home since winning the World Cup class? After the World
Cup, you realise how many people are looking at it with you in Holland. A
get a lot of phone calls and messages -- I get. It is a good
feeling to have people standing behind you. Good look with this. --
good look. -- good luck.
This has been a winner, the great French rider Penelope Leprevost.
With Flora de Mariposa. This horse pot on a world class performance to
win on Thursday night. -- put on. You remember her jumping with that
distinctive style, with the head up. This horse is so similar. It is
almost a clone. Just running into the fences like that. For pleasure
horses, if they have the right temperament, incredible jumpers.
They always go a bit their own way. It is a great time of year for
horses to be tested at Grand Prix level. They have had plenty of
summer experience. A lovely round. The standard of riding, the standard
of horses this week in London has been absolutely exceptional. Some
friends have got two, Simon Delestre and now Penelope Leprevost. So
efficient, the same style of jumping. Not letting the back legs
go. Knowing exactly where the poles are located. This 23-year-old for
Great Britain is somebody people are certainly talking about today, his
first World Cup, his first time in the senior classes here at Olympia.
Started his own yard earlier this year and he has come on in leaps and
bounds. He finished third in that World Cup round yesterday, riding
the same horse. Varo M. Daniel Neilson is the person everybody is
talking about in a big way, he was second in the Grand Prix where he
rode for Britain in the Nations cup. He has a good technique. I gave him
the big hold-up yesterday for the World Cup, he certainly did not
disappoint. Setting off in great style so far tonight. Varo M is a
careful horse, technically makes a good shape over the fences, and a
lovely rhythm. A great feel Daniel Neilson is putting into his horse
here. If anybody wants to spend some big
money on some Grand Prix horses, there is no better man to back. Yes,
he is one of the young riders that have come out this year. That really
is the business for the future. He hit the bottom everywhere, very
accurate, great rhythm. -- button. And he has jumped another clear
round. What a too horrific show he is having! -- terrific.
This is the explosion into the big time, up against the older riders
comedy finished third in the World Cup and now you are into the
jump-off for the Palm pre-. I am over the moon, . -- for the Grand
Prix. I am really pleased. You have just set up on your own and to have
a good week he could set you up for life. I have a -- I had a good round
for five years and now with my new owner Terry Wilson and girlfriend
Stacey, we are doing our own thing and it is going well. It is great
watching you. Thank you. Now it is Michael Whitaker. And what
a blend we have of youth and senior experience. This man has come back
with a huge year. He won the Madrid round of the global champions tour
on this horse. He has jumped really good rounds. But responsibility --
responsibility was on his shoulders and he came up with the goods to
help Britain win the Gold medal. He was in that Masters this afternoon
against Maikel van der Vleuten and got beaten by 0.8, and he will not
want to tackle him again. He seemed to suddenly have to push to get
there. Just took the shape out of his cantor. Produced a flat jump and
that is a shame. We would like to see him in the jump-off. He was in
it for the World Cup yesterday and he was really unlucky not to win it.
But not happening tonight. He is retiring.
His second in the Masters will be his best performance of Olympia
2013. But that Gold medal in Denmark was something that really gave him
huge satisfaction. Other people have been critical about his horse but he
has really mastered it and it now looks so full of power and
potential. A good batch of riders in this next
lot, including Ben Maher, number two in the world. This is Tripple X,
gorgeous horse, so collected. Ben Maher is very soft in his hands and
strong in his buyer macro. John Whitaker next, Andy Austin thinks he
could win it. -- in his buyer macro. He is 58 and he suffered from
a fire aneurysm a couple of years ago and is lucky to be alive, never
mind still computing -- a brain aneurysm. After that, Scott --,
riding Ursula. She is very careful when she jumps. -6 macro. And he is
number one in the world right now. -- Brash.
Britain 's Guy Williams. So competitive. So you -- so near and
yet so far this week. This is one of his young stars. He is a horse he
thinks a lot of and he has won some good competitions this season.
Probably a big competition, the biggest this horse has been in
service. Quite a test. A big test, but they have had a summer of
experience. This horse always had plenty of scope. The great thing
about Guy Williams is that he can write any type of horse and he gives
them a lot of confidence, he is a strong rider. -- he can ride. He has
taken a stride out, this will be short now. I do not know how he
jumped that. That was different! Just this last double!
What a positive ride! He meant business. Typical of Guy Williams.
And for a nine-year-old, who has not had much mileage yet, a very good
round indeed. Owned by Caroline Phillips, a lot of very satisfied
supporters here. He took a stride out to the triple bar which is in --
and extraordinary desertion. -- decision. That is the last double,
we are not going to let this go now! Great to see him in the jump-off.
This is the man who is Britain 's first world number one, then Maher.
-- then Maher. -- Ben Maher. It was then taken off him by Scott Brash.
He has not had a good week by his very high standards. Riding the
horse Tripple X that he won the Grand Prix on. The Royal
International show. He is looking for a clear round. Ben Maher is
Olympic Gold medallist and a European team Gold medallist. This
crowd will erupt if he can jump clear, he has not had a good week.
Certainly disappointing yesterday, Tripple X not really at the races.
We have seen him on so many occasions on Grand Prix night
raising his game. This horse is focusing just that bit more.
He could just do with them getting into the jump-off. One more to jump!
Much better round from him. From the combination that won the British
team Gold medal. So it is a clear round number nine now. And Britain
R.N. At, they have got Daniel Neilson. -- Britain are in it. They
have Guy Williams and now Ben Maher. A brilliant round from Ben Maher and
Tripple X, perfect all the way. You could see the focus. Ben Maher has
not had the greatest week and he was not going to make mistakes tonight.
But this man has been jumping out of his skin, John Whitaker, with
Argento. He has won virtually every competition at Olympia. But he has
never won this competition. This horse has really jumped some good
rounds here, but just had mistakes. But John has been determined and is
determined again now. He is normally a good vertical jump. -- jumper.
Just got to encourage him to get over those back rails.
Just this last double stretch here. He has done it! I do not think I
have seen John Whitaker ride in a more determined way for ten years.
My word, that was great! This is a very careful horse. He is getting
better as time goes on, he is 58 now and he is as confusing as stick as
ever and he gave this a brilliant goal, spot on all the way. Really
encouraged Argento to stretch. And watched down this distance. A big
stride. Argento is so careful. A great round, how did it feel?
Really good, he due -- he jumped super. He was hectic in the World
Cup but I went fast with him on Friday in the jump-off and he was
still thinking about that, but today was more relaxed and jumping really
good. He does a strange thing in the warm up, he always has his time
doubt. It is, -- tongue out. His father used to do the same, so it
must be in the family. People laughed at him. You may have the
last laugh! The world 's number one, Britain 's
Scott Brash, what a year. Following that Gold in London, Gold and the
European Championships and an individual bronze, brilliant
final-round to go up into bronze. And in the last month, he has won
two, one big Grand Prix Indo heart and a big bonus in an Cup Final in
Barcelona. -- Indo heart. And two second placings. He has been in
tremendous form, riding Ursula. He went very close in the World
Cup. He just had a fence down in the jump-off. I mentioned a couple of
times that this horse was written by Tina Fletcher before Scott Brash. --
ridden. A lot of credit must go to mark tolerable in Scotland. -- Mark
Turnbull. I think those early years of education that horses have, it is
a lot of work to get them up to that level.
He has got such a wonderful temperament. The world number one.
It has not in anyway this man. He really is a very cool customer, a
great writer. He said yesterday he felt personally would be better
today. -- Ursula XII would be better today.
She was superb, wasn't cheap? Yes, she is a fantastic course. She
jumped great. A lot of clear rounds so far. It should be an entertaining
tromp off. -- jump-off. I watched the first couple and see what I need
to do. How competitive are you feeling? I was quickly yesterday. I
will try to do the same. And now Laura Renwick. Ranked 55 in
the world. The higher you come in the rankings, the more you can jump
on the big international stage, the more experience you get. That has
been a big bonus for Laura. She has had a good win this week on this
horse, Oz de Breve. She went well in the World Cup. It would be great if
she could find that form again here. Laura has given this horse a bit of
a break recently. As she said, both she and the worse were probably a
bit rusty going into the World Cup. -- and the horse. He did a job
well. He has been such a fabulous winner for Laura. What a career she
has carved out for herself. She is so competitive.
Just pulling down to those planks. That was a shame. He does get quite
strong towards the end of the round. We are going to see more of this
lady, I am sure. Britain's leading lady rider. She has been placed a
number of times. But not tonight for Laura. Jumped a bit flat. Took hold
of the bridle when he landed. What a great week for you? Yes, I
have had a superb week. I was pleased with how my horse jumped. It
was the slightest touch. I'm a little disappointed but I thought he
jumped a great round. Will you end up as leading rider whoever wins? I
don't know. I think I could be caught. It would be lovely to crown
the week like that. It is always a fantastic show. Such a great
atmosphere and it is good to get some good results in front of these
crowds. This is an interesting combination.
Cian O'Conor from Ireland won this in 2009. Tremendous performance.
This is the horse he won the individual bronze medal on. He came
from nowhere in the London Olympics. He has already won a Grand Prix in
Europe. He is riding this horse because he has not written it many
times since it has been back to him. -- ridden. It is a small horse. A
lot of fight. You can see what a cheeky little horse he is. Having a
skip and a play. I think these to fit each other very well. Cian
O'Conor working hard to get the balance around that corner. He has
gone fairly slowly. We have not seen anybody with time falls. -- faults.
We will keep an eye on his time. He certainly is not hanging about. A
wonderful ride. My word, they found a rhythm and they have got that
partnership going again. It was a great round. They work really well
together. He is a tough little horse. Plenty of power and bounds.
-- bounce. A little fighter. He jumps every fence. The Netherlands
still a big force. Jur Vrieling has been a winner this
week and has looked sharp. Harrie Smolders with a clear round and then
Maikel van der Vleuten. Jur Vrieling is a great technician. He sits very
correctly. Effective, stylish jockey. He has been around for a
good while. The Dutch are definitely looking for
revenge she. Three clear rounds for them. Jur Vrieling, Zirocco Blue Vdl
yell. They look in very good form. Great piece of writing will stop --
great piece of writing. He is clearly delighted. And so he should
be. So we have 13 riders going forward to the jump-off.
So we are off in what could be a really great finish to show-jumping
in 2013, not only for Britain but also in Britain. The development of
the global champions tour in London, a huge development for the sport in
this country. At the moment the sport is riding high. This is not
going to be a pushover for a British rider. There is a strong challenger.
It is the first of the three Dodge challengers, a very good man against
the clock. But he has not got a great draw. Harrie Smolders with
Emerald. They will all come macro back inside
here -- come. This line here, the two doubles... He had a big wobble
down there. Got the six strides. He is having a real go. I think the
Dutch have really set out tonight to avenge that gold medal Britain won
in London. That was a great run. Great run. Clear. And he has not
left a lot. Just have a look at this. Use saw the wobble. For a
second, Emerald did not have a clue where he was going. Great start.
Geir Gulliksen will not sit back. He would love to win here at Olympia.
He has never won this grand pre-. It is a big ask. But he will give it a
go. -- Grand Prix. Just slowed down a little bit. So disappointing to
have an early fence down. You get revved up to have a blitz around and
go for it. He has just got to try to get home without having another
fence them. A bit slower. Coming home in 36.83. Turning back to that
wall, maybe got a fraction close. A bit unlucky. Down to the last fence.
It is all over for Geir Gulliksen tonight. Simon Delestre is a very
well-known man against the clock in France. He has won a lot of
competitions. This man will be another to give it his full, full
effort. Remember, he was second to Maikel van der Vleuten in
Maastricht. He has got some good Grand Prix form. This horse is great
going forward. Very difficult to turn. The patter and very often in
these big jump-off 's is that the first two or three try to go
quickly, make mistakes and suddenly, as you get towards the end
of the course, the end of the round, it is all about jumping clear.
Quicker time. We know the time can be beaten. One fence down. And
incredibly fast horse. A lot of blood. This man is on for an
interesting double here in London. He won the World Cup here
yesterday. He won the Masters this afternoon. And the big travel would
be the Grand Prix tonight. -- treble. 25 years old, a man with a
real pedigree following in the footsteps of his very good father,
Eric. This is an eight-year-old, only just reached Grand Prix level.
What do you do? Jump a steady clear or do you go for it?
He is not really motoring. Nice and smooth.
Now he is going to have two open the strike up. Now he is going to have
two open the stride up. A lovely smooth round, just over a second
behind. It is a Dutch one two at the moment. We have jump-off or of the
13. -- row four of the 13. Nursed the horse around. He is obviously
pleased with that. He won the World Cup yesterday. He has had a very
good show. Now the classic style of the French leading lady, Penelope
Leprevost, Flora de Mariposa. She won this Grand Prix in 2010. She
knows the satisfaction of winning it. She will try to catch Harrie
Smolders. She is a naturally quick rider. She is certainly going for
it. This is already quick. This mayor is a real fighter. Lucky. She
has got to be faster. Change of mind. She has done it! She has done
it! 32.73, she has chipped away at it. How much faster can they go? She
did not leave a lot of space. That was a great round. An eight-year-old
mare. Just watch the effort this horse puts in. Really powers off the
floor, uses her body. She had a little change of mind at the last
and produced the job. If fabulous round. -- the jump. Daniel Neilson
from Great Britain. Varo M. He took the policy in the World Cup when he
jumped into third place yesterday of an economical clear round. I don't
think you can do that tonight if he wants to win money. Yaz got nothing
to lose. It is already quick. Spin back and go for it. He needs to open
the stride up. Just a little bit steady on the corner. That is gone.
Daniel Neilson has had a great show. This is not going to be his class.
He has certainly impressed me this week. He can get up in some place
money. Good time. It would not have been quick enough but still a decent
time. This man has impressed not only Andy Austin, but he has
impressed a lot of the major experts here in London this weekend. Well
done, Daniel Neilson. Unlucky jumping the vertical. He did not get
into the big helping stride he needed. A rueful smile. He knows he
has had a great week. Now the British challenge steps up to the
plate. Daniel Neilson in fifth. This man just loves a challenge against
the clock. But it is a youngster who has not had the experience at this
level. Guy Williams is not a youngster and he has had plenty of
experience! That will not stop him. He is already flying.
It is gone! Slightly ragged. What a shame. Great effort. When he won the
talent seekers, he thought this horse was useful. Always tremendous
value for money. He flew around the course. Gave it everything he had.
This has been an extraordinary week by Ben Maher's standards. His
Olympic gold medal winning team-mate, Peter Charles, is giving
him advice. Go as fast as you can, he says. That will win it! Now Peder
Fredricson. This man has been in great form. Four wins in Stockholm
recently. H Cash In. He will definitely be trying to catch
Penelope Leprevost. Difficult course to manoeuvre. That was one fence he
wanted to see the back of. Scuttling across the ground. You don't want to
add a stride there. Every stride cost you a lot of time. He has got
to gamble. He is still quick. He is in touch. Exactly the same time as
Harrie Smolders. What a terrible decision. It is easy to sit here and
criticised, but coming down this line, he started fighting with his
words. When that happens, it is so easy to take an extra stride. He
knows what he has done. It has cost them the lead. Three British riders
on the trot. Ben Maher, ranked number two in the world, John
Whitaker and then Scott Brash. Fasten your safety belts.
Interestingly enough, Andy, when then won the Grand Prix at Hickstead
on this very horse, it came off a disappointing performance in the
Nations cup. The horse but in a brilliant performance to win it.
Could he do it again? Has it stayed? Jost. -- only just. Is that the luck
that he needed? He is tapping and rolling the fences. They are all
still there. The gamble is to take the stride out to the last fence. He
has done the gamble! Look at the time! He has done it! 31.83 is the
time on the clock. Ben Maher has taken up the challenge. History is
repeating itself. If there is a God, he is there down on Ben Maher. He
was so lucky. That was the first bit of luck. I don't know how the walls
stayed. Look at this one. I think he hit that with his belly and he
pushed the poll back on. If he wins tonight, it is lucky Ben Maher. John
Whitaker. He has won to Grand Prix is in recent weeks. He won in
Munich. Can he come on this British bred horse, Argento, go quicker than
then Mark? 31.85. -- Ben Maher. John is going to have to take some big
gambles here. He is in touch! Just gamble, keep
going! He is certainly close. Not quite. How close can you get? 700th
of a second. This man is unbelievable. 58 years young, a
sensational round. This horse is getting better at 11 years old, in a
big way. This was a fantastic piece of riding. The only thing that
really caught him out, he just could not quite take the stride out to the
last. He has not got the range and his movement. John Whitaker, what a
legend. Ben Maher leads, John Whitaker second, France third. Here
comes the man ranked number one in the world, Scott Brash, riding this
super 12-year-old mare, Ursula XII. This horse is completely different
from Argento. He has got a massive stride. And he can cover the ground.
But no, he tried to turn very tight to the wall. Just getting a little
bit hot-headed now. Just settling her down. So much has gone right for
Scott Brash in recent weeks. When things do not go right, you tend to
be so disappointed. This mare is just magic. He has not done it a
night. He has been in there trying again. That is why Britain is now
one of the world 's major courses in show-jumping. It is not done yet for
Great Britain. Lookout tight Scott tried to make the turn. He got to
where he wanted to be but it was so incredibly close. Our Schiller did
not really push up into the air, heated with the front legs. --
Ursula XII. Cian O'Conor for Ireland. He won the
Grand Prix in Dublin. He has won this Grand Prix before. Little
horse. What a try. So need over the wall. -- neat. Tried to turn in the
air came down on the rail. Just one rider left. British riders in first
and second at the moment. We have certainly had our fair share of
excitement tonight. It looks to be really -- building towards a real
climax. Cian O'Conor has played his part. 35.25. Watch him try to turn
slightly in the air, really unlucky. Then down to the last fence. He
coated with his back legs. -- he called it. One man between a British
victory in the Olympia Grand Prix. That was last achieved by Robert
Smith in 1995. Jur Vrieling is a very good man against the clock.
Zirocco Blue Vdl yell. He was in the jump-off where Britain picked
Holland for the gold medal at the Olympics. This horse has massive
stride. Eating up the ground. Fantastic fluid turn. This cannot be
too far away. He does have the power to gamble over the last fence. He
stood off that one mile. He has steadied up. He is not going to get
there. It is a British winner! Jur Vrieling, 33.31. It is a British
one, two. Ben Maher wins with Tripple X III. John Whitaker is
second with Argento. And Penelope Leprevost is third for France.
Confirmation of a wonderful Olympia Grand Prix. What a night, what a
class. Well done. You rattled a couple.
Absolutely. We have had no luck this week. Tripple X III felt on form.
The jump was quite awkward. It was my lucky night, so I am very happy.
Peter Charles said in before you went in to go as fast as you can.
Tripple X III is a fast course. It set him up well towards the end. I
think the horses are tired towards the end of the week. It has been a
rough wait for me. Always good to finish on a good night. This is one
of the few big prizes that you had yet to win? There is huge prize
money over the world now and great competition but there is never
anything like winning in of your home crowd. It is nice to finish
before Christmas on a good note. Happy Christmas. Thank you. Ben
Maher wins the Libya Grand Prix from John Whitaker, very nearly winning
another big prize at the age of 58. More sport to, at Christmas.
-- come. We hope you have enjoyed it. Have a
very happy Christmas goodbye.
Highlights of the Olympia Grand Prix, featuring many of the world's best show jumpers.
Germany's Marcus Ehning delivered a peerless performance on his horse Sabrina to triumph last year, leaving Great Britain still seeking a first winner since Robert Smith in 2005.
Presented by Clare Balding, with commentary from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.