'I was flabbergasted that she only had four time penalties, because I just let her coast round,' Tait said of the swift mare, who was fastest of all.
Andrew Hoy, of Australia, was runner-up on Kiwi, but he will not be riding the 15- year-old horse at the World Equestrian Games. Matt Ryan and his Olympic champion, Kibah Tic Toc, may also have to miss the big contest in The Hague. Ryan had a fall with another horse, Regal Style, and may have broken a bone in his shoulder.
Mary Thomson, who finished sixth on King William, was best placed of those on the British short-list for the games. But she was delighted to have only one mistake in the show jumping, King William's weakest phase.
ALTHORP MAVERICK CHAMPIONSHIP (Althorp, Northants) Maverick Championship: 1 Delta III (B Tait, NZ) 39 penalties; 2 Kiwi (A Hoy, Aus) 43; 3 Chaka (W Fox-Pitt, GB) 46; 4 Just an Ace (M Todd, NZ) 50; 5 Just Jeremy (L Murray, GB) 50; 6 King William (M Thomson, GB) 50. The Maverick: 1 Welton Envoy (L Law, GB) 52; 2 Special (D Bartram, GB) 55; 3 Red's Best (A Tucker, GB) 58. The International: 1 Mirrabooka (W Levett, Aus) 45; 2 True Blue Girdwood (P Dutton, Aus) 47; 3 Biko (K O'Connor, US) 49.Reuse content