2015 Highlights Equestrian: Olympia Horse Show


2015 Highlights

Lee McKenzie presents the action from the Olympia Grand Prix, the highlight of the final evening of the annual London International Horse Show.


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Olympia is one of the best horse shows in the world, fabulous festive

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entertainment to boot, from Shetland ponies to dogs to the Household

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Cavalry, to top-class sport and plenty of fire, this place has it

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all. Throughout this programme we will be

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bringing you highlights of one of the Olympia's most prestigious

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show-jumping competition, the Grand Prix, Andy Austin is here, I'm

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delighted to say, we can see the competitors walking the course, what

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sets this apart from some of the others we have seen at Olympia? We

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have the World Cup at this show and the Grand Prix, those are the two

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major classes that all riders want to win, tonight, they will be trying

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really hard to win this one. We can see them having a good look at some

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of the fences. The courses there have been riding pretty well, rates

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news that a riders, perhaps less so for the course builders, will they

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do anything different, to try to raise it up a little for the final

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class at Olympia? Good point, the ground has been jumping so well,

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they floral than they wanted, but that is

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great because the ground have been entertained with exciting jump ups.

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I had a word with the course builder, he has said he has put in a

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fuse like the more difficult distances, not a massive course, but

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the things technically, it could be more difficult. -- jump ofs. We have

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got to look out for Ludger Beerbaum, the legend, quite weak, -- it has

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been a quiet week, but the Frenchman, he has been on fire as

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well, and Scott is in there as well, not with his top horse. I have got

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to pick who I think will win, and my pick is the Irishman, O'Connor, last

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to go, need has the draw, if he goes clear of the first round, then he

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will be the one last in the jump off. Interesting, and interesting to

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see how many riders are using the horses they had in the World Cup

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qualifier in this class today. Yes, Michael Whitaker, near is one of

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them, riding Viking, but he did not jump the horse the rest of the week.

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-- he is one of them. Real top riders, they know how to save a

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horse for the big-time. Is appointing that Ben Maher, last

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years winner in this class, has got to pull out. -- disappointing. He

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has a youngish horse, winning an Boomerang, but he decided it was a

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step too far, good decision but said not to see him out here. At about

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young riders, Bertram Allen has been having a tough week, Jessica

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Mendoza, very strong, winning it last year. What a team she was on in

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Aachen, and what a year it has been. On Friday night, she won a big jump

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of class, beating all of the top professionals. 19 years old. Winning

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in Aachen, for the Olympic qualification, tremendous. Bertram

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Allen, and characteristic to look to win in style in this way. But he

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does not have the top horse, these courses are not machines, they must

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have a rest. Bertram Allen is a very exciting young man. Some horses have

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been having a well-deserved break, but not Andy Austin! When he leaves

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here, he will be heading up to the commentary booth to join Mike

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Tucker. COMMENTATOR: Good evening from the grand Hall in Olympia, near

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we go, with that start list, some big names there are, Pius Schwizer,

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he has done well consistently, William Whitaker has had a couple of

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wins, Ludger Beerbaum has not yet hit the big-time but it not be

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unusual for him to come good. Bertram Allen, by his very high

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standards, he has not had a big show. Certainly, Jessica Mendoza

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has, she has shown just what she is capable of. But Simon Delestre is

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still the man who has Bromley had more international form in the last

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few weeks than anyone here. Laura Renwick has shown some good form, as

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has the Dutchman. Peter Drayer, another, all of them big names. --

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Hanns Peter Dreyer. Michael Whitaker went so well in the World Cup, and

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O'Connor winning a very good speed class in the last 24 hours.

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Getting under way with the nine-year-old, by Staccato Gold.

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He will give us a little indication of what this course may have in

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store. CO-COMMENTATOR: Only nine years old but a very powerful horse,

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with huge amount of strife. We'll start to get quite strong towards

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the end of the course. Henrik himself is a very tall and powerful

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rider. Two strides and then once dried out over the big box -- one

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stride out over the big oxer. Five awkward strides. Around to the

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little style, right by the end of the arena, so hard to jump. --

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stile. That triple bar is one metre 95. He is through, into the jump

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off. What a way to start for a good competition, well inside the time,

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that time, remember, 62 seconds. That is plenty. Pius Schwizer, he is

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definitely on form, slipped back in the rankings when he sold his top

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string, but he has begun to put a very good team together, this is one

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of them, PSG capital at a future, and he has been ridden very

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successfully by the very young Swiss rider, Peter Jukes. -- Markus Fuchs.

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This horse was very disappointing in the World Cup, with Martin Fuchs,

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looks like a sensational Grand Prix horse. Usually he can write any

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horse, but these two have not quite clicked. Very lucky gamma

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combination. One of those positive determined characters, he will still

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be determined to jump clear around here. Starting an awful lot better

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than in the World Cup, the riders have to attack the triple bar,

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floaty five strides. Down to the huge double. Good round... Jumped

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the last... Your comment that he did not jump a good World Cup round was

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bound to put that on the cards! That is a good clear around, so good at

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riding different horses. William Whitaker, Fandango. Finished fifth

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in the King George fifth Gold Cup at Royal International horse show,

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Hickstead. Good Grand Prix recently, and has had a good win here. That

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will give him a lot of confidence. William Whitaker getting under way

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with Fandango. Well, that was not just unlucky, that was a very bad

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mistake, towards the entrance, it is quite square, but he would like to

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think that at this level that would be a relatively straightforward

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fence. William is not going to win this competition, but we like to

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sing his praises. Watching him over the last two or three years, he

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really does stand out as an exceptional talent.

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Just the one clear around... Sorry, two clear rounds, but still get

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prize money, you have got to take it seriously, get it going, going

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south, as he can Duke, falling apart down the last line full of -- as he

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can do. Fandango getting quite tense there. Now, Ludger Beerbaum,

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Germany, it has been a big winner for him,

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this horse, as yet without a major win at Olympia, this year, in normal

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time, quite unusual. This horse has almost too much easy ability and can

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sometimes be a bit casual. In the World Cup, one slightly lazy jump.

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Clipped a back rail. You get the feeling that Ludger Beerbaum is

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going to be pretty hungry tonight. A mayor with a little bit of a

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character, putting her ears back. Showing her temperament. -- mare.

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Very capable of jumping the world's most difficult courses. Very good

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record of jumping mares, Ludger Beerbaum, including Gladys. Not

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everybody's choice, but definitely for a Ludger Beerbaum. He has done

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it, he is clear, that is a very good round from the Gubbio bum. -- that

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is a very good round for Ludger Beerbaum.

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Now, the young Irishman... He has been so successful, one tends to

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think that he will jump a clear round every time, but that has not

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proven the case here at Olympia so far, Bertram Allen, riding a horse

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from the quaint and starred in Buckinghamshire, and it is quiet and

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easy, this horse, wrote in this team for a couple of seasons at least,

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and has been a good winner with Bertram, actually. Another

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tremendous season. He has moved up the world rankings to be six, just

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20 years old. -- Quainton Stud. We have to keep remembering how young

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he is, he seems to have been around for a long time, but he has won so

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many Grand Prixs in such a short span of time, he has real belief in

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his in his own ability, and as you have seen with Molly Malone and

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others, he instilled that into his horses, and that is a gift this

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young horseman has, just encouraging horses and giving them that little

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bit more. -- Grands Prix. It has put in the extra stride, good

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decision with the shorts riding horse. What a round. Class round,

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beautifully written, making it number four. Switzerland, Sweden,

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Germany and Ireland. We have plenty of riders to sing their places, and

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you will certainly hear praises sung hire of this man. -- sing their

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praises. He won this Grand Prix in 2012 with Sabrina. And, in fact,

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Germany have a very good track record, Markus also won it back in

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2004, Sandra Boy. Marcus Ehning is set to go, this is his top up and

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coming horse at the moment. He has really shown that he is in form.

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Some very good placings this week. -- Sandro Boy. This young horse has

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an enormous amount of ability, he will have to sit quietly, middle of

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the combination, he has nailed that. Beautiful type of horse, future

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engine. But of course that Markus loves to ride.

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He is holding an five strides. Made it ridiculously easy, very good

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indeed. Marcus Ehning joins the list. And look at Ludger Beerbaum,

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he has also won this title. Williamson has had a very good show.

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Now, out in Deauville and enjoying his new base out there and this

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horse going very well for him, he won a team bronze medal in the

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Madrid European Championships. 2011, that was. The horse then went to

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Edwina Alexandra, did not quite work out for her. Took a little bit to

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get it back to the top and get it back to his ways and means. But it

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is certainly now a very good horse in his hands, gone well this week.

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It is interesting with Titus, 15 years old... For some horses, they

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lose a bit of energy and power but Titus has so much energy and power,

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you can imagine him jumping when he is 18. Gets caught out in the middle

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of the combination. Going to have to hold him back here.

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Brilliantly ridden. Well done. He is definitely going to take some good

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year rose back to Deauville after this year. He has been placed on a

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number of occasions. Now, Jessica Mendoza. Her top horse has shown

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exactly what they can do in big indoor competitions at this very

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show, but this is a new horse at this level, Sam de Bacon, nine years

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old, a French bred horse. She has really made her mark since the

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European Championships when she was catapulted into the team. She made

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that decision look very good indeed. Jessica Mendoza famously doing

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brilliant things this year with Spirit T. You can see that this

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young horse has got a little bit wound up here in this atmosphere,

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but he is a big horse here with a lot of ability, and the one thing

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Jess has to do is build up a string of horses behind Spirit. The girl

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with a lot of talent and a string of horses behind her, she will be good

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for Britain in the future. It is not possible as an international rider

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these days to have just one horse. Now it is the Frenchman Simon

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Delestre, ranked four in the world, he has had a fantastic two months.

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He finished brilliantly in Aachen. He has done exactly what we were

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talking about Jessica Mendoza doing. He is no newcomer by any means but

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he now has a team of horses that really seem to be giving him the

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back-up and launching him right up the rankings. The point you are

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making their is it is the horses these riders need. There are a lot

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of early and riders out there that could do with two or three Grand

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Prix horses added to their string. But this man, strength and depth. He

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is lucky at the triple bar but has kept his balance, just the last

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fence. A very good clear round. France are in the party.

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Incomes Britain's Star, the world number one, Scott Rasch. -- Brash.

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He won those three Grand Prix, never been done before, on Hello Sanctos.

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Again, trying to put together a team of horses to back-up Hello Sanctos,

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so that he can save him from time to time, and with the wonderful owners,

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Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, who supported him to that brilliant gold

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medal that he was an important part of the London.

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This one atypical for pleasure horse, he goes with his head up.

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This is a horse Scott thinks a lot of, and he is only nine years old,

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so it is a big ask to jump the Grand Prix here. This is the sort of horse

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that will gradually improve year-on-year, you can see the amount

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of power and scope he has got. Down to the last. A clear round for

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Britain. We are at the party. Seven clears, and six Nations involved.

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Laura Renwick, a little frustrated that this horse in particular has

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been jumping so well, and she's been so near yet so far. Gone very well

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yesterday in the World Cup, and still couldn't feature in the real

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top half-dozen. Certainly this is a horse we have been watching very

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closely with a view to the British teams coming up in the next year or

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so. Only nine, a horse with obvious power and scope, by the lovely

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stallion Tangelos. This is a horse was just an extra little bit of

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jump. Just twisted in the air, finding it a little bit hard going

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over the fence. Riding with luck at the last fence.

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Britain have got two! Laura Renwick deserves to be there tonight, she

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has been banging on the door but has not gone any act. Tonight, who

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knows? John Whitaker, what a week he has had. Leading rider of the show,

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presented this morning. Not sure he would be at this point of time, if

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he could get good placing here, he could end up lead rider. Riding this

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wonderful horse by Arko, Argento. When asked what he could want for

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his Christmas list, he said, I'm perfect. He doesn't want anything.

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He has been nearly perfect this week. The interesting thing with

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Argento is he has been looking a bit too fresh this week. He is a cheeky

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character, typical stallion, he likes to have his say about the

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proceedings. You can see their adding up extra

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strides, he hasn't much of a stride, this horse, and you always looked at

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where he can. So after the triple bar, expect to see him put an extra

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stride in. And he has lost his rhythm on the corner. Yes, he gets

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the six, but that works so well. John knows what he's doing. Well

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done, John Whitaker. It is our 10th clear, and suddenly Britain, from

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having none, have now got a very good three.

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He has really produced the goods when it matters of as far as the

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world and the Europeans. He is not necessarily the biggest winner

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against the clock, but when it is about the clear rounds, he is always

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there, so Jur Vrieling more than capable of giving the Netherlands a

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second clear round. They have got Maikel van der Vleuten clear. This

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is a true championship type horse, all of the power and scope. He

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sometimes looks a little deliberate the way he goes. Jur Vrieling a very

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strong, effective rider. Safely home, Holland have got two,

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and it really is building into an exciting affair, as we thought it

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would, for this 100,000 euros Olympia Grand Prix. No other term of

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Daniel Deusser. He is riding to Largo, riding for Germany. -- riding

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Toulago. He hasn't hit the big-time here yet, but a man with all the

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class to win something pretty special.

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Looking comfortable so far. A tall man on a huge horse. Just cruising

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down these distances. He did write that with huge

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confidence, didn't he? Down that final line, he attacked it and made

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it, but you would have thought a big horse like that might have made up

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ground and then found himself in trouble, but not Daniel Deusser and

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Toulago. He has had some big wins in his

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career, but he is now stringing them together, and as we have said with

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some other riders, they are putting strings of horses together. He has

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jumped well in other Grand Prix lately. Hans-Dieter Derher is riding

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Colore, and they have been very consistent this week. He is great

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value to watch, an exciting ride, his horses are always bouncing

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around all over the place. Hans-Dieter Derher sometimes seems

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to have his reins up around his ears. The horses love him but they

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really try for him. And he is another man that we really

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want to see in the jump off. Oh, he is a long way off the triple bar! He

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is going to have to work hard to keep balanced. He sat backwards and

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he was very lucky. My word. I think he rattled the last four fence is

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quite hard, and they all stayed, so there we are. Clear round number 13,

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not unlucky to Hans-Dieter Derher, very lucky!

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As in comes Robert Whitaker with Catwalk, for me, his best horse. He

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started well at the Royal Wintour is show, and has gone on jumping big

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rounds in big competitions all summer. A little time off through

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his own health after the horse of the year show, but tells me he is

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back to form. He has had several good placings, including this horse,

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Catwalk. He is the fourth last ago, 13 clear rounds so far, one of them

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being his dad. This horse couldn't be more different to dad's halls,

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Argento. This is a horse with a big stride, all the ability. If Robert

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can keep him focused, he can jump anything.

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So, he will jump the triple bar and keep moving. He gets the five

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strides quite easily. Lovely round! So, Britain now have got four

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through. Michael Whitaker now, what a jockey

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he is. A key round in that European Championship at Aachen to get the

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qualification for Britain. He has put in some very good rounds here,

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including this horse yesterday in the World Cup. A brilliant

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performance. His wife's horse, Viking. Brilliant horse. A clear

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round now would give him a really good draw for that jump off, and we

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have got 14 at the moment, five of them for Britain.

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That was a very lucky moment there are, he needs to sit up in the

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middle of his combination. Have you got radiocommunication? LAUGHTER

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I think that Michael knows what he's doing! He has saved the horse for

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the end of the week, jumping clear in one of the big classes. Did not

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jump off. Went really well in the World Cup. Try to keep Viking ready

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for this last class. Sitting up for the extra stride.

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Classic, that gives Britain and clear around. We have the numbers

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there, can we keep the opposition at bay? The last one to go, for

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Ireland. Cian O'Connor, and he knows what it is to win this trophy,

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because he won in 2009, this is a horse called Super Socks and he will

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be jumping on an aeroplane to Florida, to spent the early part of

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the New Year on the circuit down there, top horse in quarantine

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already out there, he has shown some good form this week. You have two

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love this little horse, only nine, short, bouncy way of going, but

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absolutely powers into the air. Lovely feeling, bit of an

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experienced caught them out there. That is a shame. This is a horse to

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keep your eye on. Lovely one to watch, really tries his heart out.

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Ends on four faults. Was that just a bit of spring out of

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his step? Jumped an lucky, went right into the corner. He has jump

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in there six times, I am happy with him. Nice clean round, it has been

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trickier than you may have been hoping for. Must have been a great

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relief. Yes, everything has not just gone exactly to plan, jumped a few

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good rounds, clear in the World Cup, but hopefully we can finish it on a

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good note. Did not quite get what I wanted. Maybe not quite in tune with

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each other. Fantastic horse. Jumped fantastic all week. I have high

:33:50.:33:53.

hopes for him in the future. Wonderful horse. We have to get the

:33:54.:34:00.

jump offs a bit better. COMMENTATOR: 15 clear rounds, it is a jump off,

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starting with the Swedish jockey, Henrik von Eckermann, and after

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that, they come thick and fast. The previous winner, Pius Schwizer, the

:34:11.:34:14.

young Bertram Allen, Marcus Ehning, he has won it twice, Simon Delestre,

:34:15.:34:18.

he has never won it but he has good enough form. As we go on down...

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That is the first six in the jump off. Scott Brasher has not won this

:34:27.:34:34.

one yet, Laura Renwick has been looking at winning the big one all

:34:35.:34:39.

year. Holland have won this, but do not count out the Dutchman. -- Scott

:34:40.:34:49.

Brash. And the last three, could we finish off in style with Michael

:34:50.:34:53.

Whitaker? It is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

:34:54.:35:00.

CO-COMMENTATOR: The first fence of the jump off is what was the last

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fence, that is not cricket, no filler whatsoever! One or two riders

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will not be liking that. The first rider coming in. The first, Ludger

:35:15.:35:24.

Beerbaum, the first of Ludger Beerbaum's pupils, Henrik von

:35:25.:35:29.

Eckermann, very capable, first ago, in what is a serious jump off, very

:35:30.:35:35.

classy field. Quite a young horse. It'll be interesting to see how

:35:36.:35:46.

course looks. Only a couple of strides to get straight to did from

:35:47.:35:49.

the corner but he is perfectly clean over it, here we are, into the line.

:35:50.:35:59.

Down into that Ludger Crouch. He has cleared it, this is what was the

:36:00.:36:02.

combination, second and third element turning very tight back to

:36:03.:36:10.

the green oxer. Missed destroyed completely, tried to turn, did not

:36:11.:36:13.

know whether he wanted the long all the short but he has got to press

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on. Seven strides, down to the last. You get the feeling there is plenty

:36:28.:36:33.

of places down the fence time. Just the one rider from Switzerland,

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pretty good challenger, however. You have to say. Pius Schwizer, the man

:36:38.:36:44.

to try to lift it, for Switzerland. Ranked 29 in the world. And

:36:45.:36:56.

climbing. The interesting thing, watching it again, once he has

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jumped the blue double, the angle that the green oxer is set at is

:37:02.:37:05.

very hard for the horses, as they come around the corner, the fence is

:37:06.:37:09.

jumping now, that is the fence the horses will see, and it really takes

:37:10.:37:14.

their eye off, look at this, comes out over the double... Horse sees

:37:15.:37:20.

the orange one. And you have to say, no, you are jumping the green one.

:37:21.:37:25.

Clear, coming down the final line... He has gone! Flies to the last. He

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has four. Faster time. Brilliant time, took an

:37:33.:37:44.

extra chance to the second last. Swept around the corner, nearly

:37:45.:37:50.

jumped the fence. Ludger Beerbaum, twice winner of this Grand Prix.

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1994. And then, more recently, winning it this time.

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Look last... Does not go flat out, tends to go for the percentage

:38:15.:38:28.

round, but he's looking hungry. His horse really operating... Good

:38:29.:38:36.

turn... Still looking for the first clear.

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Has set the target, it is a good one, that will not be beaten easily.

:38:46.:39:00.

We really have got a blend of youth and experience which show-jumping is

:39:01.:39:07.

very much enjoying at the moment. Enormous experience of Ludger

:39:08.:39:10.

Beerbaum is now followed by a the audacious talent of 20-year-old

:39:11.:39:22.

Bertram Allen. 30 plus years in difference between this young man

:39:23.:39:27.

and Ludger but that will not worry Bertram because he is such an

:39:28.:39:32.

attacking rider, flying around these corners. Unbelievably quick, again,

:39:33.:39:41.

does not take one hesitation, absolutely motoring full. He is

:39:42.:39:45.

going to go miles into the lead. That shows what the young man is

:39:46.:39:59.

capable of, well! Taking the best part of two seconds out. Fearless

:40:00.:40:09.

riding. Marcus Ehning, giving quite a lot of help to Bertram Allen,

:40:10.:40:14.

because Bertram is based in Germany. He had to say, there is a lot of

:40:15.:40:20.

Bertram's riding that is very similar to this man, Marcus Ehning,

:40:21.:40:29.

twice winner of the Grand Prix here. Jin Shin and Lyndon Hoff, a horse

:40:30.:40:33.

getting a bigger and bigger reputation as the weeks go by.

:40:34.:40:48.

Delestre, loves galloping. Look at him going around this corner, if you

:40:49.:41:27.

are going to be Bertram Allen, you cannot... He has gone white! Coming

:41:28.:41:33.

to the ground, going very wide there, as well. -- he has gone wide.

:41:34.:41:44.

Not quite quick enough, here though, goes forth... This is going to take

:41:45.:41:51.

quite a round to get ahead of that Allen, no doubt about that.

:41:52.:42:00.

Now the first of five British challengers. The first being the

:42:01.:42:13.

world number one, Scott Brash. A very well bred nine-year old, this,

:42:14.:42:19.

in the ownership of Lady Harris Lady Kirkham. He will give it a go, I am

:42:20.:42:24.

certain, big question for the young horse. This is a very young horse.

:42:25.:42:29.

But we known Scott and he will not surrender. Try to go fast in the

:42:30.:42:34.

jump of the other night and had a run out, but he is taking every

:42:35.:42:40.

chance in the book, he's going for it. Again, sweeping around the

:42:41.:42:46.

corner. Just like Bertram Allen. That is exactly what happened. The

:42:47.:42:53.

other night, when he tried to go fast, it was just all too much for

:42:54.:43:03.

this lovely young horse, Hello Forever, could not hold it together

:43:04.:43:07.

mentally, Scott will be disappointed but even the world number one, when

:43:08.:43:10.

you are under that kind of pressure, you are taking it right to the

:43:11.:43:14.

limit. We'll have two settled there his horse, get his confidence back.

:43:15.:43:20.

Exactly that, it is the risk you take by going fast, so often you can

:43:21.:43:25.

do a lot of harm, and it will take several weeks to get it back, maybe

:43:26.:43:30.

not with the horse, pop the last couple offences nicely. It is a lot

:43:31.:43:36.

for a young nine-year old to do. Went for the win. Now, a lady who is

:43:37.:43:44.

so keen to win a big one, has been frustrated, cannot get into the top

:43:45.:43:49.

three, I have no doubt that she will give it 100%. Trying to beat the

:43:50.:44:01.

time set by Bertram Allen. By Laura's own admission, not the most

:44:02.:44:05.

naturally quickest moving horse. A little bit deliberate in the way

:44:06.:44:08.

that he goes, just the pace caught him out. Bertram Allen will be sat

:44:09.:44:14.

back there wondering whether he has done enough armour riders really

:44:15.:44:20.

struggling to get anywhere near that incredible time. What a pity, you

:44:21.:44:32.

have to give credit, got through to a lot of the jump ofs in the big

:44:33.:44:38.

glasses, still not quite able to nail the top three placings. -- big

:44:39.:44:48.

classes. Now the Dutchman comes to take on the challenge.

:44:49.:44:58.

He's taking a look around. At saying to himself, -- perhaps saying to

:44:59.:45:10.

himself, did Bertram Allen go that close, and the answer is, yes, he

:45:11.:45:17.

did, at speed. Fascinating to see these riders taking right to the

:45:18.:45:27.

limit. Maikel van der Vleuten, going for the Dutch, trying to take the

:45:28.:45:30.

Olympia Grand Prix. Very strong challenge.

:45:31.:45:44.

You'd think the way he has cantered around the corner, he is not quite

:45:45.:45:52.

going for the win. A young horse, and economical round, and he has had

:45:53.:45:57.

a fence, so Bertram Allen still way out in front. And we are now getting

:45:58.:46:03.

down towards the last few riders. There are six more. He goes into

:46:04.:46:11.

sixth. Well, there is one thing for sure,

:46:12.:46:22.

there is not only John Whitaker riding Argento but probably 9000

:46:23.:46:30.

people here in the arena. Can they left him quick enough and fast

:46:31.:46:35.

enough around this course? John would love to win this, for sure.

:46:36.:46:44.

So, John Whitaker going for the one that he would really want this week

:46:45.:46:50.

if he had a choice, the Olympia Grand Prix on his favourite horse,

:46:51.:47:05.

Argento. 30 .45 is the target. Come on, John, you are going to have to

:47:06.:47:11.

gallop around the corners. Oh, and he tried to take the chance, and it

:47:12.:47:18.

wasn't happening. Just that skip and Buck puts him off his stride. Top

:47:19.:47:23.

riders are making mistakes because the young man has written right to

:47:24.:47:26.

the limit, and they just don't know what to do to beat him. It is quite

:47:27.:47:33.

extraordinary. So, John Whitaker's chance has gone, and he is retiring,

:47:34.:47:38.

on the lovely Argento. It is not his night tonight. The chance was there,

:47:39.:47:45.

but it hasn't gone his way. There will still be more chances for this

:47:46.:47:48.

man, he isn't going to retire yet, no doubt about that. Not sure this

:47:49.:47:56.

horse has got the speed, but I could be proved wrong. We have all been

:47:57.:48:04.

proved wrong on many occasions in show-jumping, but the point about

:48:05.:48:07.

this horse is he tried to gallop him around a corner in the World Cup,

:48:08.:48:11.

and it really didn't work, so can he gallop around the corner to this

:48:12.:48:15.

next double? Because if you take a poll, you will be slower. And he has

:48:16.:48:21.

done exactly the same thing. Amazing. The horse doesn't like to

:48:22.:48:28.

gallop round those corners, he goes out of his comfort zone, and being a

:48:29.:48:33.

stallion, he will say, no thank you. Riders like Scott Brash, John

:48:34.:48:41.

Whitaker, Jur Vrieling, world-class riders, put under so much pressure

:48:42.:48:44.

by the young man who has flown around this course. He certainly

:48:45.:48:52.

has. We are now down to four left ago. Finishes on 12, 50 .20 five.

:48:53.:49:02.

The top of the leaderboard doesn't change. -- 50.2 five. We are down to

:49:03.:49:10.

the nitty-gritty now, that is the sure, as incomes Daniel Deusser. The

:49:11.:49:19.

horse should be ready to give it a whirl, but can he catch this

:49:20.:49:25.

flamboyant Irishman? Bertram Allen clear, Daniel Deusser for Germany.

:49:26.:49:32.

He looks to be a long way off the pace. Bertram Allen, you talk about

:49:33.:49:40.

young superstars in sport. To come out here, and he has near enough

:49:41.:49:46.

killed this class so far. And Daniel Deusser is a top, top rider, and he

:49:47.:49:47.

is basically just surrendering. Safely over the last, he has jumped

:49:48.:49:59.

clear, that puts him in fifth. And it will give him good money.

:50:00.:50:05.

And this is Hans Peter Dreyer -- Hans-Dieter Derher, not one normally

:50:06.:50:24.

to sit and watch the world go by. Lets hope he gets off to a flyer.

:50:25.:50:30.

Yes! Taking a chance there. This is a good start.

:50:31.:50:37.

Hans-Dieter gets very busy and makes it happen, but he has gone wide. Now

:50:38.:50:47.

he has some work to do. That has put him behind the clock, I would think.

:50:48.:50:52.

He is fighting all the way, he is not quite going to get there.

:50:53.:51:01.

He goes forth, and Simon Delestre drops down to fifth. Bertram Allen

:51:02.:51:12.

has made them all fly. It is the Whitaker challenge.

:51:13.:51:21.

Robert seems to have started off quite quietly. He is going to have

:51:22.:51:30.

to use his stride here. He is going. This is a deceptive horse with a lot

:51:31.:51:37.

of engine. And he has had one more there, that hesitation on the

:51:38.:51:42.

corner. He can't catch him, surely? I don't think so. They are roaring

:51:43.:51:48.

him on, but he's not going to get there. That puts it into sixth. It

:51:49.:51:56.

just shows you what standard of rider we are watching, because it

:51:57.:52:08.

was ADC round. -- a decent round. He has got his work cut out, no doubt.

:52:09.:52:17.

But he can be a magician, he has had plenty of white rabbits out of that

:52:18.:52:22.

hat. He will certainly have to pull another one now to get ahead of

:52:23.:52:27.

Bertram Allen. He is riding his wife Melissa's Viking. What can Michael

:52:28.:52:36.

Dugher is an Bertram Allen is the one they are chasing for the Olympia

:52:37.:52:39.

Grand Prix. He has already had one more stride

:52:40.:52:52.

there. He has got a lot to do. And again. He is slower here. He has

:52:53.:53:02.

just got too much to do now. I can't see him making it. They are him on,

:53:03.:53:08.

but he is going to be a little bit down. Great effort, goes second.

:53:09.:53:16.

Full marks to Michael, but Bertram Allen is the man who sent them all

:53:17.:53:21.

scuffling, but not able to catch him. That young man, we have seen

:53:22.:53:27.

tonight why this man is regarded as one of the most exciting young

:53:28.:53:30.

prospects there has been in show-jumping three years. Olympia

:53:31.:53:36.

has been gripping right to the end. The Grand Prix has gone to Ireland.

:53:37.:53:42.

The young Bertram Allen gave them all a lesson. Michael Whitaker

:53:43.:53:49.

chased but in vain. Ludger Beerbaum, one of the world's greats, finishes

:53:50.:53:55.

third with tiara. Marcus Ehning in the same league, he chased and

:53:56.:53:59.

finished fourth. Hans-Dieter Derher fifth, Simon Delestre sixth. They

:54:00.:54:05.

are all stars who have been left behind by Bertram Allen.

:54:06.:54:10.

What a list of names that this young Irish rider has beaten this evening.

:54:11.:54:18.

It has been breathtaking, it really has.

:54:19.:54:22.

Well, we are hearing some amazing news. Bertram Allen may be

:54:23.:54:31.

disqualified. Such a frustrating end to what has been a sensational

:54:32.:54:34.

evening of show-jumping. STUDIO: Bertram Allen was

:54:35.:54:40.

disqualified after a small amount of blood was found on the side of his

:54:41.:54:47.

horse. Michael Whitaker was promoted to first. I was devastated, the

:54:48.:54:54.

horse jumped two fantastically around scummy he tried his best, I

:54:55.:54:58.

tried my best, and we had a fantastic round. My spur slipped,

:54:59.:55:16.

and maybe that caused it, but that little bit of red, it wasn't even

:55:17.:55:22.

bleeding. There has to be something done about it. All of the riders,

:55:23.:55:27.

everyone here, they can't understand it at all. It would have been nicer

:55:28.:55:35.

to win it, but I suppose rules are rules. I would have been very happy

:55:36.:55:43.

with second. I am also a little bit with mixed feelings here, because

:55:44.:55:49.

the class, I was third, it was disappointing for Bertram to be

:55:50.:55:53.

disqualified. When you see the performers he did, and also

:55:54.:55:56.

afterwards, I have seen the horse, the mark was up on the hip. You ask

:55:57.:56:03.

yourself, do we need this? I really do believe we all have to sit down

:56:04.:56:07.

one more time and think if this current rule is the right one to

:56:08.:56:13.

protect the horse. I have my doubts. COMMENTATOR: So, there will be mixed

:56:14.:56:19.

feelings, because there isn't any doubt that the winner of the jumping

:56:20.:56:23.

we have seen tonight was Bertram Allen, but there are rules, and it

:56:24.:56:25.

is Michael Whitaker on Viking Allen, but there are rules, and it

:56:26.:56:33.

the declared winner of the 2015 Olympia Grand Prix. And there is a

:56:34.:56:40.

very frustrated Bertram Allen. But young enough very definitely to be

:56:41.:56:47.

back again. And here is the Olympia trophy. The trophy goes to Michael

:56:48.:56:57.

Whitaker on the Viking. What a controversial way to end.

:56:58.:57:03.

Andy Austin, can you understand Bertram Allen's frustration? Very

:57:04.:57:07.

much so. I really feel sorry for him, because he jumped the most

:57:08.:57:10.

incredible jump off round, one of the best I have ever seen in my

:57:11.:57:17.

life. He is desperately upset, and that is very understandable from my

:57:18.:57:22.

point of view. But there is a rule here, if there are marks on the

:57:23.:57:26.

little blood on the horse, they are looked at when they come out of the

:57:27.:57:30.

ring by the stewards, they refer to the grand jury, and they took the

:57:31.:57:34.

decision to disqualify the horse from the competition. Horse welfare,

:57:35.:57:38.

it is important, but it is very much a question of how you interpret that

:57:39.:57:43.

rule. And I think most of the riders, including Michael Whitaker

:57:44.:57:46.

who came second, actually felt that he was harshly dealt with. It is a

:57:47.:57:51.

disappointing way to end one class, but it is just one class. It has

:57:52.:57:55.

been a really strong Olympia this year. The ground has been brilliant,

:57:56.:58:00.

we have had technical courses, but they produced a lot of clear rounds,

:58:01.:58:05.

and amazing jump office. 15, 16, 17 horses in the big jump offs. The

:58:06.:58:13.

crowd have had some week. In terms of strength in depth in

:58:14.:58:17.

British show-jumping, from what you have seen here, how good is Great

:58:18.:58:21.

Britain placed heading into Rio? We are in a good lace, because with

:58:22.:58:29.

Scott Rasch, Hans-Dieter Derher, Jessica Mendoza here, and there are

:58:30.:58:32.

other horses coming through as well but we have seen coming through this

:58:33.:58:37.

week. I think we are in a good place. Highs and lows, that is sport

:58:38.:58:44.

for you. And pledging more coming up on Boxing Day. Football Focus at

:58:45.:58:48.

12.25 on BBC One, final score on the red button from 2:30pm. And in

:58:49.:58:55.

Scotland, Sportscene from 4:30pm, and of course Match Of The Day, one

:58:56.:58:58.

of the Boxing Day fixtures on BBC One. It is time to say goodbye from

:58:59.:59:04.

this iconic venue. I think it is fair to say that some people might

:59:05.:59:07.

be having a happier festive period than others. But from all of us here

:59:08.:59:12.

at BBC Sport, Merry Christmas, and goodbye.

:59:13.:59:16.

Lee McKenzie presents the action from the Olympia Grand Prix, which is the highlight of the final evening of the annual London International Horse Show. In 2014, British show jumper Ben Maher and his fiery chestnut mare Diva II delighted the London crowd by clinching victory in a five-horse jump-off.


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