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Allen sizzles in Speed Stakes win
19 Dec 2014 22:10
Irish showjumping sensation Bertram Allen lit up the London International Horse Show at Olympia by claiming a thrilling victory in the Christmas Speed Stakes.
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Last to go among a 31-strong field, the 19-year-old had it all to do after Belgian Constant van Paesschen clocked 59.92 seconds in the one-round class on Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck.
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And Allen did not disappoint, as he claimed the £4,700 winner's purse on with Wild Thing L, jumping clear in 58.16 seconds.
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Allen, who finished seventh individually at the World Equestrian Games earlier this year and was runner-up in the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, is among the sport's hottest properties.
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"It definitely wasn't effortless," Allen said.
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"Constant had set a really fast time, so we had to give a lot to beat him."
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Germany's Daniel Deusser won the opening international class on Friday after staving off Swiss rider Martin Fuchs and a strong British challenge.
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Deusser clocked a winning time of 32.71 seconds on Soory de l'Hallali to land The Levy Restaurants Snowman Stakes, with Fuchs 1.2 seconds behind aboard Uzo van het Hobos Z.
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British star and former world number one Ben Maher was third on Wings Sublieme, with home riders also filling the next four places - Tim Gredley (Unex Arantos), William Whitaker (Glenavadra Brilliant), Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) and Robert Whitaker (Zantos II).
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The new-style competition saw riders placed into seven groups, and the best of each group went through to a jump-off.
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"It's a different sort of class because you can go clear and still not get through to the jump-off, but it's fun to do something different," Deusser said.
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