SCOTT Brash emerged as the Grand Prix winner at the 2017 CHI Al Shaqab last week by coming up with a perfect run astride 16-year-old mare Ursula XII.
In the €500,000-prize money CSI5* 1.60M class, the Scot steered clear in the two rounds and clocked the fastest time (45.21sec) in the jump-off after going first.
Ursula XII, owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris, proved she still had immense energy.
“It’s very difficult going first in a jump-off, but I knew I had to be clear to put the pressure on the rest. However, I did come out of the ring knowing I wasn’t ultra fast,” said Brash, who collected the trophy from Qatar Olympic Committee President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani.
“Al Shaqab has always been a lucky venue for me. I think the facilities here are some of the best in the world — the footing, arena and stables are fantastic,” added the two-time Global Champions Tour winner.
Turkey’s Omer Karaevli, atop 12-year-old gelding Roso au Crosnier, finished second in 45.98sec.
Spain’s Pilar Lucrecia Cordon and 10-year-old mare Galihne La Cour Zichelhof, who set the fastest time in jump-off (44.46), came third.
Earlier, young rider Khalid Mohammed Al Emadi, on his 17-year-old mare Tamira IV, did Qatar proud by winning the CSI3* 1.45M class.
Saudi Arabia’s Ramzy Hamad Al Duhami won the CSI3* Accumulator class, with Qatar’s Jabber Rashid Al Amri finishing third behind Colombia’s Andres Penalosa.