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3RD - 5TH AUGUST 2018

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Photo Credit: Tim Wilkinson 

Happy times for Shane Rose

Australian rider Shane Rose, who has based himself with his great friend and compatriot Sam Griffiths in Somerset this season, had an unexpected boost with a win in the Neptune Advanced class at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association, at Gatcombe Park.

Sam had injured his neck in a fall, so Shane, holder of team silver and bronze medals from the 2008 and 2016 Olympic Games, deputised on his best-known horse, the 18-year-old Happy Times, one of the most consistent four-star horses of all time.

‘It’s a bit like being thrown the keys of a fancy sports car,’ joked Shane. ‘It was rather a treat. He’s very cool, very level-headed and all I had to do was steer.’

In an international line-up, Japan’s Toshiyuki Tanaka was second and Oliver Townend had some compensation for his British Open tumble with third place on Samuel Thomas. The new British Open champion, the in-form Gemma Tattersall, was fourth on Chillis Gem, by the 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning.