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Funnell continues British winning streak at Olympia

Saturday, 21 December 2019
CSI5*-W Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2019

Photo © The London International Horse Show. William Funnell with Billy McCain. Photo © The London International Horse Show.


Press release from The London International Horse Show



Britain’s William Funnell scored a thrilling win at Olympia in Friday's 1.50m Father Christmas Stakes with Denise Stamp’s Cevin Z gelding Billy McCain (Cevin Z x Cruising). The accumulator competition, in which points are gained for each fence jumped clear and a final optional joker fence carrying double points, encouraged risk taking moves throughout, with the joker catching out many of the fastest riders. 

“The crowds love fast classes,” said William. “A lot of riders will be looking for the bigger tracks, so a class like this is a good middle ground.”

Of the 32 starters, 13 remained faultless to collect a maximum of 65 points, and although William hadn’t seen some of the fastest go, he clipped almost a second from the previous best time set by Spain’s Manuel Fernandez Saro aboard Santiago de Blondel (Calvaro x Vondeen).

“He’s normally in with a chance,” said William of the 11-year-old grey. “He’s careful, and it is nice to have a quick horse to bring along to a Show like this.”

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