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Quotes after the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final: "The right winner was on top of the podium today"

Friday, 12 December 2014

Scott Brash. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Scott Brash on his two rounds today: "My horse jumped wonderful today. He has been on really good form lately. I knew if I rode correctly we would have a chance. Today he did everything I asked of him in the jump-off, and I just hoped the rest would make mistakes and it worked out today."

Brash on defending his world ranking points: "I think you have to look after your horses first. I had an unbelievable December last year, and for sure we will probably drop down a bit next month. But I feel happy with all my horses, they are jumping fantastic so I am not going to abuse them to try to stay where we are. If I fall off the top spot so be it, then if the horses are good you can maybe get back there one day."

Runner-up Patrice Delaveau: "I feel good today. Scott is from another planet, and it is so difficult to beat him. I am happy to be second today, I was lucky to end there with a time fault – the others tried to be faster than Scott and ended up making mistakes."

Third placed Steve Guerdat: "I am very pleased for many reasons today. I am very pleased with the way my mare was jumping, she does not have that much experience at this level. She has jumped a lot of Grand Prix classes, but the Top 10 Final still is one of the most difficult classes of the year so I took a little risk entering her for the class, but somehow everything feels easy for me here in Geneva for some reason. The mare felt unbelievable. I knew Scott was very fast in the jump-off and hard to catch, but I wanted to give it a go today. Everything went very well, but when you take risk at this level a mistake can quickly happen and that is what happened. At the end I prefer to end third and having tried, so I am happy about that. I think no one else deserved the win today more than Scott, he has been by far the best of us and this final is for that. The right winner was on top of the podium today."

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