Equestrianism: Maher makes a mark for Britain

Ben Maher gave British showjumping the perfect send-off towards London 2012 by claiming a stunning World Cup victory at Olympia yesterday.

The Hertfordshire-based rider emulated Michael Whitaker's success in last year's blue riband event by defeating a top-class field packed with fellow Olympic contenders.

Maher, a former British No 1, rose to the challenge with Tripple X III and, having gone close to a medal in Beijing in 2008, he is in contention to ride for Team GB next summer.

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