Briton John Whitaker drew his experience and class to dominate the first class at CSI3* Birmingham. (Photo © HorseHour)
British Olympic medalist John Whitaker unveiled his extensive experience and class at home to win the first FEI event of CSI3* Birmingham.
The two rounds arranged in course designed by Robert Ellis had John Whitaker with the 15-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper) marking a time of 29.07 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking Points in the dispute of the NAEC Stoneleigh Stakes at Horse of the Year Show.
As a further victory for his long career, John Whitaker outclassed Briton Phillip Miller with his 8-year-old gelding Roulette H, who completed their round in 29.49 seconds and third place was Emma Augier De Moussac of the Czech Republic finished in 29.52 seconds with the 8-year-old mare JCS Chacco Day (Diarado x Chacco Blue).
The Top 5 for first class ended up with the Irish riders Paul Kennedy in fourth place with the 11-year-old mare Cartown Danger Mouse (Harlequin du Carel) accumulating 2 fouls and Anthony Condon was fifth with the 11-year-old gelding Balzac (Oklund x Frisbee Kerellec) with same 2 fouls.
For the Pan American Ranking American rider Paris Sellon completed in 33.13 seconds its route, a result that would place it in sixth place to add World Ranking Points with the 9-year-old mare Cassandra (Caressini x Cardento).