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Home win for Jack Whitaker in the Longines Christmas Cracker at London International Horse Show

Sunday, 19 December 2021
CSI5*-W London International Horse Show 2021

Photo © London International Horse Show Jack Whitaker and Valmy de la Lande won the Longines Christmas Cracker at London International Horse Show. Photo © London International Horse Show.

The young British talents continue to shine at the London International Horse Show, and on Saturday night it was Jack Whitaker's turn to steal the spotlight when the 20-year-old rider took the top honours in the CSI5*-W 1.55 Christmas Cracker riding Valmy de la Lande (Mylord Carthago *HN x Starter).

Only two riders managed to deliver double clears in this class, and fastest of them was Whitaker who stopped the clock at 41.48 seconds. The jump-off counted a total of ten horse-and-rider combinations, and runner-up was Noora Forsten (FIN) on Con Caya (Con Chello x Chambertin 3) who had a time of 43.50 seconds. The quickest, in 36.39 seconds, was again Harry Charles (GBR), who won Friday's feature class, but with four faults on Valkiry de Zance (Diamant de Semilly x Double Espoir) the 22-year-old had to settle for the third place this time around. With four faults and a time of 37.07 seconds, Olivier Robert (FRA) took the fourth place with Velvote des Aubiers (Jaguar Mail x Duc de Ferce), while Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Solid Gold Z ( Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z) finished fifth – also they with four faults, in 38.11 seconds. 

Earlier in the day, Martin Fuchs (SUI) recorded his second win of the week with the 14-year-old gelding Tam Tam du Valon (Ogrion des Champs x Quidam de Revel). Fuchs was the fastest among a field of 26 riders in the 1.50m Global Herbs Snowflake Stakes when stopping the clock at 36.20 seconds in round two of the competition, leaving Christian Ahlmann to runner-up position on Nachito v/d Ketse (Quality Time x Baloubet du Rouet) – with 1.45 seconds separating the two riders. Third place went to Harrie Smolders (NED) and Une de l'Othain (Conterno Grande x Cento), who finished in 37.72 seconds. 


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