Daniel Timson scored his first prix st georges win with Elaine Smith’s 10-year-old German-bred horse, Pentagon II, at Oldencraig, Surrey, at their third attempt at the level.

Judge Anni Jensen said: “The engagement was noticeably better than others and the movements were correct, with a good difference shown in the paces. They certainly stood out as the winners, although I wasn’t disappointed at the standard of the class overall.”

Daniel bought this good-looking horse by the Hanoverian Prince Thatch for Elaine from Germany in January and has competed him mainly at advanced medium level.

Showing that this venue suits him, Sue Wheeler’s home-bred Imperial Monarch won the advanced medium 94, ridden by Cindy Llewellyn. Cindy began ridingthe 13-year-old by Just A Monarch only last year and they won here at this level a few months ago.

Imperial Monarch had a busy day, also competing in the prix st georges with Cindy and in the advanced medium 83 with Sue, where he finished equal second with Laura Durkon on Sally Merrison’s home-bred mare, Maple Matilda.

Debbie Moore took top honours in this class and also in the medium qualifier with her 14-year-old Polish Warmblood mare, Annouska.

For full report see Horse & Hound issue dated 2 November