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Andrew Nicholson on a roll with CIC Blenheim win
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 15:15
With the finale of the big class still to come, Andrew Nicholson added a convincing win earlier today in the CIC*** for eight and nine-year-old horses at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials to his brilliant victory at Burghley just seven days ago.
Andrew led from the start on Libby Sellar’s smart dark brown gelding Quimbo, who was bred in Spain along show jumping lines. It was his first win at Blenheim since 1991.
“He’s a lovely horse, very easy to ride and he’s got an amazing jump – he ought to be show jumping really,” said Andrew, who has had Quimbo since he was three.
“He’s probably one of the most experienced horses in the field, as he’s been doing advanced since he was three.”
Andrew had sufficient in hand over his nearest rivals to allow himself a steady cross-country. “I watched Piggy French [lying second after dressage and jumping] on West Side – she’s no slouch, so when I saw she had 10.4 time penalties, I knew I didn’t have to go mad.”
Piggy finished in seventh, also taking eighth on Kiltealy Brief. William Fox-Pitt finished second on Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero ahead of local rider Izzy Taylor on KBIS Starlet, who had the fast time of 1.2 penalties.
There were only two riders inside the optimum time; 59 completed with 48 clear rounds.