October 07, 2016 at 11:42 PM

 

Julien Epaillard wins the NAEC Stoneleigh Stakes

 

Frenchman Julien Epaillard denied Great Britain's Guy Williams a memorable treble when he won the NAEC Stoneleigh Stakes on day three of the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham's NEC. Guy had won Friday's opening two International classes, and he looked to have done enough with Titus after clocking a jump-off time of 26.80 seconds.

 

Julien, though, who won the Horse of the Year Show leading rider grand prix two years ago, had other ideas as he steered Cristallo A home in 24.89 seconds to take the £7,300 top prize. It was a jump-off with a twist though as riders could plot their own route, provided they jumped six fences, and it proved an exciting contest, with Britain's Robert Smith National Champion completing the podium places in third aboard Cimano E.

 

Reflecting on his victory, Julien said: "I really like this show. I have come here every year for 10 years now. It was a very complicated jump-off in my head! It is better to go towards the end of the jump-off, but it is not easy to find the best route. This show is very good preparation for the European indoor season. It is a three-star show, but the atmosphere is like a five-star. There are always good quality riders."

 

AUDIO WITH JULIEN EPAILLARD, WINNER OF THE NAEC STONELEIGH STAKES AT THE HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM

 

http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Hoys_Eppilliard_day3.mp3

 

 

Image credit ES Photography

 

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