Equestrianism: Hoy's bold jumping pays dividends

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Andrew Hoy led from start to finish to win the Bramham International Horse Trials for Australia on Swizzle In, defeating Mark Todd of New Zealand on Broadcast News by 3.2 points. Both of these accomplished riders jumped polished clear rounds in yesterday's final showjumping, to leave their overnight positions unaltered.

Matt Ryan - another Australian and, like Hoy and Todd, a double Olympic gold medallist - filled third place on Walking on Water, underlining the strength of the Antipodean riders. The best of the British, Leslie Law on Parryfields George, was trailing in seventh place, having dropped from third after three showjumping errors.

Ian Stark, who was lying in fourth place after the dressage on his borrowed mount, Positive Rain, retired on Saturday following a fall at the eighth cross-country fence, where his horse appeared to slip on take-off. Stark was badly bruised on his right side and his left knee as a result of the horse rolling on him.

Swizzle In will be ridden by his Bermudan owner, Gina Flood, in September's European Open Championships at Burghley, where Hoy plans to partner his Olympic mount, Darien Powers. Broadcast News will be Todd's preferred mount at Burghley after his classy performance here.

Hoy's victory was a tribute to his skills as a sympathetic horseman, for he had never ridden the horse in a competition before. Flood had warned him that the 11-year-old can jump extravagantly high and he proved that point at the palisade, the fifth cross-country fence.

"We went up for a long time and then took twice as long coming down," Hoy said.

Julie Robinson made a successful debut in the Yorkshire Post National Young Riders' Championship, when she won the title on Irish Skater. Having jumped a clear round yesterday, Robinson's prize was secure when Jamie Atkinson, who had been the overnight leader, hit the first fence in an otherwise faultless round.

BRAMHAM INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS (Yorkshire): Final results: 1 Swizzle In (A Hoy, Aus) 43.4 penalties; 2 Broadcast News (M Todd, NZ) 46.6; 3 Walking on Water (M Ryan, Aus) 62.6; 4 Bahlua (E Stibbe, Neth) 64.6; 5 Skys Prospect (P Dutton, Aus) 68.2; 6 Coeur de Rocker (D Seguret, Fr) 68.2. Best British: 7 Perryfields George (L Law) 71.4; 8 Too Smart (K Dixon) 74.2; 9 Watermark III (P Beckett) 74.6. Yorkshire Post British Young Riders' National Championship: 1 Irish Skater (J Robinson) 56.2; 2 Salerosa (J Atkinson) 60.8; 3 Quinten (L Wiegersma) 67.6. Land Rover FEI World Three-Day Event Rankings: 1 D O'Connor (US) 218pts; 2 M King (GB) 217; 3 M Todd (NZ) 189.