Scott Brash, who tomorrow will bid to make showjumping history, warmed-up perfectly for the big day by topping the Suncor Energy Cup on Hello Forever today at Spruce Meadows (12 September).
Hello Sanctos’ stablemate, the nine-year-old Forever who is also owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, pulled out all the stops for the world number one rider. The pair set an unbeatable time of 40.73 seconds in the second round to take home the €41,580 (£30,500) prize fund.
“He’s been a little inconsistent this year and in the past has been afraid of the big grass arenas,” said Scott of the relatively inexperienced son of For Pleasure. “He’s always preferred smaller sand arenas, so I wanted to bring him here to get him used to the grass – he’s going to be a really good horse for me in the future.”
The Brits made it a one-two in this class with Guy Williams finishing runner-up behind Scott on his double Hickstead Speed Derby victor Casper De Muze.
All eyes will be on Scott and 13-year-old Sanctos tomorrow (13 September) as they attempt a feat yet to be done by any showjumper. The pair will be hoping to claim the Rolex Grand Slam and collect the €1million (£720,000) bonus.
“It’s been busy with all the media, but the amount of people who have messaged me to say good luck has been amazing,” said Scott ahead of his performance on Sunday. “I was keen to get Sanctos in the ring earlier in the week, as he can be spooky, and it was nice to get a double clear with him.
“There is a small percentage chance of anyone winning the grand slam so it would be a great achievement. I’ll stay calm on the day, walk the course early and take Sanctos out for a hack in the morning to make sure he feels okay and warm his muscles up,” he added.