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Gaudiano continues top form to take Thursday's Santa Stakes at Olympia

Thursday, 17 December 2015
CSI5*-W London 2015

Emanuele Gaudiano. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Emanuele Gaudiano. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Fresh from his fantastic run of top results at CHI Geneva, Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano went on to win Thursday's feature class at Olympia riding Caspar (Berlin x Padarco). The 1.55 Santa Stakes had a line-up of the world's very best, 30 in total and nine went on to the jump-off after first clear rounds. 

It was close to a home win for living legend John Whitaker on the 13-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper), but his time came a bit short towards Gaudiano as 0.45 seconds separated the two riders. In third place came France's Olivier Robert aboard Quenelle du Py (Tresor du Renom x Ryon d'Anzex), almost a second behind the Italian winner's time. Fourth was Great Britain's Ben Maher and fifth Switzerland's Pius Schwizer, also both double clear. 

A Whitaker managed to secure a British win in the second CSI5* class of the day though; the 1.50 Porsche Cayenne Challenge. Robert Whitaker was the hero of the day on the 14-year old stallion USA Today (Heartbreaker x Capitol I) with a clear round in 50.25 seconds against the clock. And it was total British domination in this class with William Funnell ending second on Billy Angelo (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Kroongraaf), 0.15 seconds behind Robert. Home riders Laura Renwick ended third and John Whitaker fourth, while Belgium's Jos Verlooy was the only non-British rider in the top five. 

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