Equestrianism: Van der Vleuten in the money as Tomboy speeds to victory
Monday 21 December 2009
Eric van der Vleuten made good use of his horse's swift turn of foot yesterday, when he rode VDL Groep Tomboy to win the FEI Rolex World Cup Qualifier at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.
The Dutchman (right) received the plum prize of £23,775 and deprived Ireland's Cian O'Connor of his lead on Roncorrado by 0.31sec. Third place went to Frenchwoman Penelope Leprevost on Mylord Carthago.
London International Horse Show (Olympia): FEI Rolex World Cup Qualifier: 1 VDL Groep Tomboy (E van der Vleuten, Neth) clear, 35.08sec; 2 Rancorrado (C O'Conner, Irl) clear, 35.66; 3 Mylord Carthago (P Leprevost, Fr) clear, 35.97. H&M Speed Stakes: 1 Joy's Mouche (P Schwizer, Swit) 48.36sec; 2 Irish Independent Echo Beach (C O'Connor, Irl) 48.81; 3 Kanselier (E Whitaker, GB) 49.07. Renault Christmas Masters (winner-takes-all): Wonderboy III (B Maher, GB) clear in 4th jump-off.
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