Felix flies high at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show.

Germany’s Felix Hassmann held his nerve to take Saturday night’s feature class at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show.

But it was a close-run thing as he finished just six hundredths of a second ahead of Chloe Aston and Janika Sprunger, who were equal second.

Felix, riding Cayenne Wz, posted a time of 63.90 seconds in the speed competition, sponsored by Bottega Gold, which was bettered by only one rider – Britain’s Guy Williams – but he had to settle for seventh as a late four faults aboard Titus pushed him down the leaderboard.

Chloe and Janika – riding Kolibri Classic and Aris Cms, respectively – could not be separated on 63.99 seconds, with 61-year-old British Olympian John Whitaker taking fourth on his Rio ride Ornellaia, albeit more than two seconds adrift.

Reflecting on his performance, Felix said: “I am really happy. My horse jumped really well. It is my first time here at Liverpool – it is a fantastic show – so to get a win is fantastic.

“At the beginning of the class, there were a lot of faults, but it got quicker and quicker as the class progressed.

“My plan was to ride a little bit slowly at the beginning – I went on an outside line at number three, and I think 90 per cent went inside – but I made up time later on.

“I didn’t see Guy ride – he is always very fast – so I am obviously happy to win. I have had the horse for six years, and I will be aiming him at the grand prix on Monday.

“I have been happy with things this year. I won a lot of classes with Cayenne, and I hope 2017 will be the same.”

Source: liverpoolhorseshow.com