Helena Weinberg produced one of the rounds of her life to win the major class at Olympia, Sunday’s Sony Ericsson World Cup qualifier, on Kasting Horses Gavi.
The Sheffield-born German rider came out top of a 13-horse jump-off with a round that held off the reigning World Cup champion, Marcus Ehning, on his great horse, For Pleasure, by a fraction.
Michael Whitaker was the best of the British in fourth on Portofino, a horse who looked every inch a potential Olympic performer.
The honours on this penultimate day of the show were evenly shared. Peter Wylde scored for America in a fascinating accumulator on Felix De Noves, while Swedish star Maria Gretzer rode Ricarda T to a narrow victory over Guy Williams and Onyx V in the knockout class.
Robert Smith wrapped things up with a splendid victory in the Ivy Stakes jump-off class on Kalusha, foiling Nick Skelton’s bid for a double on Pat Hales’s Pandur — and three wins overall — by more than 1sec.