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Anthony Condon wins the Champagne Taittinger Ivy Stakes at Olympia

Friday, 20 December 2019
CSI5*-W Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2019

Photo © The London International Horse Show. Anthony Condon with SFS Vincomte. Photo © The London International Horse Show.


From press release from The London International Horse Show



At Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the CSI5*-W feature class of the day saw another big win for Ireland as Anthony Condon took the Champagne Taittinger Ivy Stakes on his own and Pat Hales’ SFS Vincomte (Veni Vidi Vici x Magic Darco) with two perfectly judged clear rounds, despite being the class pathfinder.

Condon, who is from Co Waterford but lives on the Shropshire/Cheshire border, was first to go in a competitive field of 33 and made it look easy on the nine-year-old by Veni Vidi Vici. Scott Brash, next to go on Hello Jefferson (Cooper vd Heffinck x Irco Mena), also went clear, but then course designer Alan Wade’s cleverly designed track began to exert influence with faults evenly spread throughout the course.

Just when it looked like a two-horse jump-off, faultless rounds came for Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels on Delux van T & L (Toulon x Landetto), regular US visitor Laura Kraut on Confu (Contact me x Cambridge), William Whitaker on RMF Echo (Virus de Laubry x Feo) and German Olympian Marcus Ehning on Comme II Faut Cornet (Obolensky x Ramiro).

Condon’s jump-off time of 38.53 was clearly beatable, but, surprisingly, none of the other five could produce a clear round, William Whitaker taking second with the fastest time of 34.48 seconds but a fence down.

“I wasn’t expecting to win, especially looking at the standard of the other riders in the jump-off,” admitted Condon, 32, who will ride SFS Vincomte in Sunday night’s Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix. “My horse is quite green for this level, but he was more settled today. He just needs more experience and then he will be top class.”

The Irishman, whose three-year-old son Hector was keen to tell Father Christmas about Daddy’s win, is now fourth in the Leading Rider of the Show rankings after two full days of jumping, behind the British trio of Holly Smith, William Whitaker and Ben Maher. Michael Jung, the reigning Olympic eventing champion, who is paying his first visit to Olympia, is in equal fifth place with Laura Renwick.


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