October 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Nigel_Coupe_Vinopolis_Speed_Horse_low_res.jpgPreston showjumper Nigel Coupe turned back the clock 27 years when he landed the Vinopolis Speed Horse of the Year title on the final day at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

Riding Jubilee III, Coupe made light work of an early draw to win a £3,300 prize by just 15 hundredths of a second from William Whitaker, riding Balibu. British rider Yazmin Pinchen was third aboard Ashkari and John Whitaker fourth with Lord of Arabia.

The top four combinations were separated by just 61 hundredths of a second as the speed class once again thrilled a jam bumper audience.

The Vinopolis Speed Horse of the Year is one of the most exhilarating classes at HOYS and is always hotly contested as Longines World Ranking points are on offer.

"I think I was 18 when I won this class previously, and that was when the show was held at Wembley," said Coupe, who is based at Salmesbury, near Preston.

"I am absolutely delighted. When you are drawn early and go into the lead, you always expect to be shot at, but today they kept having fences down.

"I watched the rest of the class on the TV monitor. Having an early draw, if it goes well, it can sometimes help you put the pressure on, and it worked out for me today.

"Any time you win an international class is great, but to win the speed championship here at HOYS is fantastic."

Audio link to Nigel Coupe winner of the Thistledown Stakes

Photo credit: E.S. Photography

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Featuring the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2015 is packed with excitement. The popular and exciting Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride will headline the displays and Team GB Vaulters will impress the audience with their awe-inspiring acrobatic routine.  Friday October 9th is the day of choice for dressage fans, with the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass and the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. The 2015 Show will come to spectacular close during the Sunday Evening Gala Performance, which will include entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent sensations The HoneyBuns. Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2015 are now on sale. For show information, including the timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

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