Ben Maher’s current star is proving one of the greatest horses in a generation, with Hollywood good looks and a desire to win.
Stable names: BFG, Carrot, Ginge, Cookie Monster
Owners: Charlotte Rossetter, Pamela Wright and Ben Maher
Prize money: over €2.3m (£1.95m)
Best results: won the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) super grand prix in Prague (2019); the LGCT grands prix of New York, London and Rome (2019), Doha, Rome and Madrid (2018); helped Ben win the overall LGCT title two years in a row (2018-2019); third in the Aachen grand prix (2019); individual silver and team bronze at the European Championships; part of the winning British Nations Cup team in Florida in 2018 under Emily Mason.
As his rider Ben Maher says, Explosion W is “a natural born winner”. The majestic 11-year-old gelding only really blasted on to the five-star showjumping scene as recently as 2018, but what a mighty impression he’s made.
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