Marie Edgar was the only other rider to go clear in the seven-horse jump-off. She did not attempt to rush the good eight-year-old, Everest Aladdin, whom the Countess of Inchcape bought in Sweden last November. She was therefore delighted with the horse's performance.
Michael Whitaker, first to go on Monsanta, had been in a hurry. But his turn into the planks proved too tight and the horse made his only mistake when he stopped there, eventually finishing third.
John Whitaker will ride Gammon, not Milton, in the World Equestrian Games.