Oliver Townend put the pressure on heading into the top 10 after jumping a spectacular clear round on Cooley SRS to finish on their score of 33.1, meaning he could not finish any lower than 5th with his second ride still to come.
The testing track proved unforgiving for the likes of Mark Todd however who had 3 down on Leonidas II and 1 down on Kiltubrid Rhapsody, resulting in 6th and 15th place.
Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW also lowered an unusual 2 rails to move down the placings into 10th. It was a real pleasure to watch this combination in action over the week for what could well be the last time on British turf. Sam really is the most phenomenal horse and the partnership they have will forever be remembered.
Gemma Tattersall jumped a super clear round on Arctic Soul to sore up the leaderboard to finish in 4th.
Rosalind Canter and Allstar B have really showed what they are made of this week and even with an unfortunate rail down they maintained their 3rd place.
Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser maintained their immaculate show jumping record with a super round to move up to 7th place. What an impressive partnership they are!
Another rider to move up the leaderboard was Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky who jumped a clear jumping round however picked up 3 time faults moving them up to 8th. They will certainly be in the eyes of the Irish selectors.
The drama heightened when Oliver Townend entered the ring with Ballaghmor Class sitting in 2nd place as he bid to take the title and achieve the Rolex Grand Slam. However it wasn’t meant to be, despite the horse jumping a very scopey round they picked up 8 faults and dropped down the leaderboard into 5th. However he was still leading on his first ride, Cooley SRS.
Last to go, with a pole and a time penalty in hand, Jonelle and Classic Moet set out to win the title and with bold riding and a little luck, that is exactly what they did! What a fantastic achievement for a brilliant combination! Huge congratulations to Jonelle and her team, so well deserved!
It was also an emotional afternoon as Andrew Nicholson retired the legendary Nereo in the main arena. It wasn’t quite the fairytale ending we could have imagined after he was withdrawn before the show jumping phase however he has nothing to prove after a remarkable career. He has been a true asset to the sport and we wish him all the best on his retirement.
TOP 10 AFTER SHOW JUMPING
|1.||Jonelle Price||Classic Moet||28.0|
|2.||Oliver Townend||Cooley SRS||33.1|
|3.||Rosalind Canter||Allstar B||34.3|
|4.||Gemma Tattersall||Arctic Soul||35.2|
|5.||Oliver Townend||Ballaghmor Class||36.0|
|6.||Mark Todd||Kiltubrid Rhapsody||37.4|
|7.||Tom McEwen||Toledo De Kerser||37.7|
|8.||Padraig McCarthy||Mr Chunky||38.3|
|10.||Michal Jung||La Biosthetique-Sam FBW||38.7|
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