Equestrianism: Fredericks' win is workmanlike

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LUCINDA FREDERICKS landed the Chubb Insurance section for Britain at the Windsor International Horse Trials yesterday, riding her own Darasass, a nine-year-old thoroughbred.

Their smooth, clear round moved them up from third, and Darrell Scaife clinched second place with a single mistake on Castle Hill. But the leader, and last to jump, Paul O'Brien with Faceman, had four fences down to finish a disappointing third, proving that this final phase of a three-day event can still be influential.

Fredericks, 33, a winner here in 1997, is seeking her husband Clayton's Australian nationality to qualify for that country's dressage team at the Olympic Games in Sydney. She describes Darasass as "a real workman, but rather uninspiring to ride."

In the Masterpiece class, Franck Bourny riding Gambler's Fancy were clear winners, adding just one time fault to their original dressage penalty, finishing 15 points ahead of Andrew Nicholson on Fenicio. A former silver medallist for France in the Riders European Championship at Blenheim in 1994, Bourny has a bright future.

Irishman Austin O'Connor, second after the dressage, had a disastrous round hitting five jumps and sliding to sixth place while Nicholson moved up from fourth to second with a good clear round on the young Spanish- owned Fenicio. He edged ahead of Daisy Dick on Our 'Enry, also clear but his single time fault dropped them below Fenicio. Emily MacKenzie moved up a place with just one time penalty to finish a close fourth of the 25 finishers.

Emilie Chandler, of Leicestershire, became the British junior champion on her consistent mare Weston Miskris, to no-one's surprise. The 18-year- old was individual silver and team gold medallist in the European Championships last year, and also finished second here so her victory was well deserved, confirming a genuine talent. She was one of four to add no penalties to their dressage marks.