Darragh Kenny recorded his second, and Ireland's fourth win so far at the London International Horse Show in Olympia, after he partnered Classic Dream to victory in the Longines Christmas Cracker 1m55.
Kenny and the Ann Thompson-owned nine-year-old gelding were the fastest clear round in a thrilling eight-man jump-off, beating the Netherlands’ Bart Bles on Gin D by just over a second, while Britain’s William Whitaker (RMF Echo) and Austria’s Max Kühner (Cornet Kalua), shared third place.
Earlier this year, Kenny finished third with Classic Dream at the London leg of the Global Champions Tour and Kenny admits that he is quietly excited about the chestnut gelding’s prospects.
"I’ve known for a couple of years that he was a proper Grand Prix horse," explained Kenny, who will ride Classic Dream in Sunday night’s Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix.
"He’s still quite green, but he was exceptional in this jump-off, really picking up, and he’s a horse for the future. He seems to like London anyway!
"I know him inside out and have always thought that he’s a Tokyo [Olympic] horse. He’s a little bit quirky, but he always wants to win."